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<i newsletter from the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy 


Volume 3 • No. 1 

"A Pioneering Educational Community 

Illinois Mathematics and 
Science Academy 

1500 West Sullivan Road 
Aurora. Illinois 60506-1039 


Dr Stephanie Pace Marshall 

Board of Trustees 

Dr Lawrence Freeman 
Dean, College of Education 
Governors State University 

Ms. Sheila Grilfin 
Marketing Executive 
Motorola Incorporated 

Mr Gary D. Jewel 
Superintendent of Schools 
Aurora West School Dist. #129 

Dr. Leon Lederman 

Nobel Laureate 


Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory 

Mr. John McEachern, Jr 


Wayne Circuits Incorporated 

Dr David Mintzer 

Special Assistant to the President 

Northwestern University 

Mr James D. Pearson 


Aurora Industries 

Dr. David R. Pierce 
Executive Director 
Illinois Community College Board 

Dr Ted Sanders 
Superintendent of Education 
State Board of Education 

Mr. Jesus Manuel Sosa 


Clemente High School, Chicago 

Dr Charles Thomas 


North Chicago School District #64 

Dr Richard D. Wagner 

Executive Director 

State Board of Higher Education 

Mr. John Baird 
Teacher of Physics 
Quincy, Illinois 


Naomi Velazquez 

NOVA is published by the 
IMSA Communications Office. 

Two Win Westinghouse Honors 

Rowan Lockwood and her prize-winning research on the Pterosaur head for 
Washington, D. C. and the Westinghouse final science competitions. 

wo IMSA seniors have earned recognition in the 48th Annual Science 
Talent Search, the nation's top science competition. Rowan Lock- 
wood, 17, of Rockford was selected as one of the 40 national finalists 
in the Westinghouse Talent Search to make a presentation in Washington, 
D.C. March 2-6. Lockwood was one of three students in Illinois chosen for the 
finals competition and is one of thirteen young women selected. 

Lockwood and Mehmet Giiler, 17, of Anna were among the first 300 se- 
lected from more than 1400 students submitting science projects. As 
members of the Honors Group, both will be recommended for admission and 
scholarship awards to the nation's colleges and universities. Many of those 
selected will receive further recognition in state Science Talent Searches con- 
ducted in most states as part of the national search. 

The two IMSA students have already received local recognition for their 
projects through the INTECH '88 Science competition. Lockwood earned first 
place in the High-Tech Corridor competition for her research "Evidences for 
Bipedalism in (Larger) Pterosaurs." She also presented her work at the Annu- 
al Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology at Alberta, Canada last 
October. (See page 3 for related article). 

Giiler, submitted his research on "Ionic Interactions in the Mechanism of 
the (Na* + K")-AtPase Pump" to the Westinghouse competition. The project, 

continued on page 3 


Dear Members of the IMSA Community, 


ur third year began most auspiciously with the announcement of 
65 IMSA students as semifinalists in the National Merit 



I Scholarship Program administered in the fall of 1987. Another 54 
students received commendations. The results placed the Academy third 
in the nation with the number of semihnalists, in this our first year of 
participation in the program. The results are a tribute to those teachers 
across the state who helped to nurture and inspire these special students 

We salute our Board Vice-President and special friend Dr. Leon 
Lederman on his outstanding achievement as a Nobel Laureate in physics 
It was Dr. Lederman who first inspired community and business leaders tc 
establish a special school for the young gifted minds of Illinois. Without 
his vision of providing opportunities for the bright minds of tomorrow, thJl* 
Academy would not have become a reality. As we prepare to graduate our 
first class of students, we extend our appreciation to Dr. Lederman and to 
all the early visionaries who gave life to an idea. 

This year is expected to be another banner year for the Academy as we 
see our academic program and our Outreach programs mature and 
develop. Through Outreach programs such as Summer "Ad"Ventures and 
Saturday Scholars, we are expanding opportunities to students beyond thf 
IMSA campus. Programs such as Problem-solving and Critical Thinking in 
Mathematics and the Summer Institute in Basic Economics are aimed at 
students and teachers throughout the state through a collaboration of 
IMSA, the Corridor Partnership for Excellence in Education, the National 
Science Foundation and the National College of Education. 

As our existing programs expand we see others begin. The National 
Consortium of Specialized Secondary Schools attracted approximately 100 
administrators and teachers representing 27 residential and commuting 
schools to its first meeting in April, 1988. In October, 118 student delegates 
representing 14 of the member schools attended the first Student 
Conference in Washington, D.C. As we prepare for the Second Annual 
Meeting this spring, we welcome three new public residential schools. 
Mississippi, Texas and South Carolina opened two-year mathematics and 
science schools in September. 

Much has been accomplished in our first three years. It is only a 
beginning, and with your support IMSA will continue to place Illinois on 
the cutting edge of advances in education. We invite you to join and 
strengthen the network of educators working together to put visions and 
ideas into action. 



Stephanie Pace Marshall, Ph.D. 


Senior Presents Research 
to Paleontologists 

Qowan Lockwood (Rockford), 
a senior at IMSA, was among 
the professional presenters 
It the 48th Annual Meeting of the So- 
:iety of Vertebrate Paleontology in 
October. Her presentation was based 
)n her INTECH '88 project "Evidence 
)f Bipedalism in Pterosaurs" for 
vhich she won first place. In addi- 
ion to her presentation at the 
Tieeting in Alberta, Canada, her re- 
search has been submitted for 
publication in the Journal of Verte- 
Drate Paleontology. 

Rowan prepared her project under 
he guidance of Dr. Ronald Pine, 
MSA biology instructor, who also 
sponsored her for INTECH, and Dr. 
David Workman, physics instructor. 
Her external mentor was Dr. Virginia 
Naples, biology professor at North- 
2rn Illinois University. "It's most 
jnusual for a secondary school stu- 
dent to conduct research at this 
level," says Dr. Pine. "And, of course, 
it's equally unusual for a student to 
give this kind of presentation to the 
world's foremost authorities in the 

The research focuses on the 
amount of energy or force that 
would have been necessary for 
pterosaur Pteranodon ingens to 
launch themselves into flight from a 
standing position. The question as to 
how the pterosaur actually took off 
has remained a mystery in paleon- 
tological circles. Rowan's approach 
looked at muscle mass that could be 
carried by the femur and then calcu- 
lating the force needed for take-off. 
"1 started out by taking a new ap- 
proach to an old problem," she 
stated. "I started with a possible an- 
swer and worked my way towards 
the question." 

While most studies in the area 
have concentrated on the aerody- 
namics of the problem. Rowan's 
interest evolved out of her class- 
room experiences in physics and 
biology for her different approach. 
After developing her INTECH presen- 
tation last spring, she refined some 
of the calculations and conducted 

additional research at the Smith- 
sonian Institute during the summer 
Her presentation and research were 
well received. 

Rowan says she plans to pursue 
her academic career in the natural 
sciences, but hopes to develop her 
strong interest in the social sciences 

as well. The presentation helped to 
further expand her views. "1 really 
enjoyed the conference. It gave me a 
chance to see what it's like in the 
professional world of research." 

She also has advice for other stu- 
dents who would follow in her 
footsteps in INTECH projects. "Don't 
be afraid someone will laugh at you, 
develop confidence and contact ex- 
perts who can help you (in your 
interest) rather than just sitting on 
the outside." 
(See related article, front page) 

WESTINGHOUSE (continued from page 1) 

which leads to a better understanding of nerve impulses and their relation to 
epilepsy, earned second place in last year's INTECH competition. 

According to the Science Service organization which conducts the search, 
more than 80 percent of the Honors Group members participated in science 
fairs or competitions prior to their entry in the Westinghouse competition. 
Sixty-four percent participated in a science training program in a laboratory 
or university. 

On January 27, 40 members of the Honors Group were announced as the top 
winners of the 48th Science Talent Search. They will be invited to Washington, 
D.C. for the five-day Science Talent Institute, during which they will be judged 
for $140,000 in Westinghouse Science Scholarships. The scholarships and the 
operation of the search are supported by the Westinghouse Foundation and 
Westinghouse Electric Corporation. 

Mehmet Giiler demonstrates his sodium pump and research that earned tnm status 
in the Westinghouse Honors group. 


56 Named 

As National 

Merit Finalists 

65 Earn National Merit 
Semifinalist Honors 

ACT Composite at 29.3 

total of 56 IMSA students 
have been named as finalists 
in the National Merit Schol- 
arship Program. The students were 
recognized earlier this year with nine 
other IMSA students as semifinalists 
and with 54 students who received 
letters of commendation from the na- 
tion's most prestigious competition. 
Illinois Mathematics and Science 
Academy students are scoring in 
the top one percent among their 
peers nationally, ranking Illinois 
and the Academy among the best in 
the nation. In the first year of par- 
ticipation, 36% of the present senior 
class received semifinalist status in 
the National Merit Scholarship Com- 
petition. One student received the 
only perfect score in Illinois on the 
Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test 
(PSAT/NMSQT), the test used for the 

Another indicator of achievement, 
the ACT test, resulted in a composite 
score of 29.3 for IMSA. While the 
score cannot be compared with oth- 
er scores around the country until 
next fall, IMSA is likely to be in the 

top 1% (the top composite score this 
fall nationally was 27.4). 

The achievements are significant 
in light of the first year of participa- 
tion for the Academy. IMSA Director 
Dr. Stephanie Marshall puts the 
achievements in a different perspec- 

"The accomplishments are a trib- 
ute to all educators and teachers 
who fostered and nurtured these 
bright minds in preparation for their 
study at IMSA," she said. "The 
achievements of these students with 
diverse backgrounds from across the 
state of Illinois speak favorably 
about our state's educational 

More than one million U.S. high 
school students participate in the 
PSAT exam taken during the junior 
year. Every spring over 50,000 young 
men and women are honored as 
semifinalists, with approximately 
6,000 receiving Merit scholarships 
for college undergraduate study. 
Merit scholar winners will be an- 
nounced by the National Merit 
Corporation in the spring of 1989. 


Mean Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) 

Scores For IMSA Juniors and 

College-Bound Seniors 



















Verbal Math Composite 





College Bound a 2c 


College Bound 



Mean American College Testing (ACT) 
Scores For IMSA Juniors: 1987-88 







ENGUSH (01-33) 






MATH (01-36) 
























TOTAL N= 139 

1987 Data 

Mean Prelimineuy Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) Scores 
For IMSA Juniors: 1987-88 

Verbid Math Index 









Total IMSA Students 





Joerg Gives Illinois' 
Only Perfect Score 

IMSA senior Daxid Joerg (Batavia) 
is one of only 26 students in the 
country to have earned a perfect 
score on the PSAT which is used to 
qualify National Merit scholarship 
recipients. He is the only Illinois stu- 
dent who answered all 65 verbal and 
50 math questions correctly. Joerg, 
however, is modest about his 

"It is really not that important." he 
said. "It's just a test. There were 
probably hundreds of students who 
missed just one question." 

David is a member of the IMSA 
Math Team and has been one of the 
top scorers in the North Suburban 
Math League, as well as in the re- 
gional and state competitions for the 
Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathe- 
matics. Last spring he was named to 
the second Academic Team in USA 

David Joerg 

Today, the only junior in the two top 
teams selected for the honor. He was 
a finalist in the Telluride competition 
for the prestigious summer program, 
and a member of the Superquest Su- 
percomputer Competition, which 
finished with an honorable mention 
in the national competition. 

Of all his recent accomplishments, 
David is more enthusiastic about the 
play he co-authored, co-produced 
and directed at IMSA. The musical 
comedy "Omelet" is about a boys 
search for his missing father in Tibet. 

National Merit Finalists 
and Semifinalists 

Current Members of the Class of 1989 



Home School 


Mark Smith* 

Addison Trail HS 

Arlington Heights 

David Yung* 

John Hersey HS 


Kelly Cahill* 

Rosary HS 


Philip Dunham* 

Aurora West HS 


Richard Dunham* 

Aurora West HS 


Derek Wolfgram* 

Aurora West HS 


David Joerg* 

Batavia Jr. HS 


Stephen Moore* 

Central Catholic HS 


Lisa Green 

Bolingbrook HS 


Andrew Chen* 

Charleston HS 


Saunders Hsu* 

Charleston HS 


Jennifer Nesbitt* 

Glenwood HS 


John Hoesley* 

Lincoln Park HS 

Crescent City 

John Dexter* 

Crescent-lroquois HS 


Korin Yang* 

DeKalb HS 


Sarah Yates* 

DeKalb HS 

Downers Grove 

John Wayming Wu* 

Downers Grove South HS 

East Peoria 

Christina Caruso* 

East Peoria Cmty HS 


Christopher Smith 

Elgin HS 


Bowen Chung* 

York Cmty HS 


Lillian Kao* 

York Cmty HS 


Kevin Schraith* 

University HS 

Hanover Park 

Carol Willhelm* 

Streamwood HS 


Gabriel Demombynes* 

Hinsdale Township HS 


John Kwon* 

Joliet Catholic HS 

Lake Zurich 

Terri Willard* 

Lake Zurich HS 


Erika Tracy* 

Charleston HS 


Samuel Choi* 

Naperville Central HS 


Matthew Hausken* 

Lombard Jr. HS 


Catherine Davenport* 

Macomb HS 


Sharon Sundy 

Mahomet-Seymour HS 


Jeffrey Truitt* 

Marion HS 


Todd Groner* 

Marion HS 


Mark Armantrout* 

Mattoon HS 


Katina Daniell* 

Mattoon HS 


Anthony Stuckey* 

Cumberland HS 


Daniel Frakes* 

Seneca HS 


Katherine Rink* 

Carbondale Cmty HS 


Peter Cast* 

Naperville North HS 


Andrew Harrison* 

Naperville Central HS 


Jordan Koss* 

Maple Jr. MS 


Karen Kiener* 

William Fremd HS 

Palos Park 

Sona Nadenichek* 

Oak Lawn Cmty HS 


Laura Kozlevcar* 

Richwoods HS 

* Finalists 

(continued on next page) 


National Merit (continued) 




Home School 


Erik Rothbaum* 

Richwoods HS 


Maggie Taylor* 

Manual HS 

S. Barrington 

Badrinath Rengarajan* 

Elgin Academy 


Christopher Dargis* 

St. Viator HS 


Eric Martell* 

Jane Addams Jr. HS 

South Holland 

Michael Rodriquez* 

Mt. Carmel HS 


Douglas Turnbull* 

Urbana Jr. HS 


Portia Blume* 

LaSalle-Peru Township 

Wads worth 

Robert Chang* 

Warren Township HS 


Steven Collins* 

Daniel Webster Jr. HS 

West Chicago 

Amy Courtin* 

West Chicago Cmty HS 

West Dundee 

Denise Chatfield* 

Dundee-Crown HS 


Cheryl Heinz* 

Proviso West HS 

Western Springs 

Michael Pereckas* 

LaGrange Highlands 


Ann Ashenfelder* 

Wheaton North HS 

* Finalists 

National Merit 

Current Members 
of the Class of 1989 



Home School 


Stanley Kim 

Addison Trail HS 


Marc Booth 

Gillespie Cmty HS 


Timothy Callaghan 

Aurora West HS 


Karl Koschnitzke 

Aurora West HS 


Geeta Gurnaney 

Lake Park HS 


Erik Littell 

Bloomington HS 


Eugene Huang 

Bradley Bourbonnais Cmty 


David Kung 

Carbondale Cmty HS 


Andrew Young 

Carbondale Cmty HS 


Stephen Blessing 

Carterville HS 


Nancy Young 

Cary-Grove HS 


Jodi Gottman 

Mahomet-Seymour HS 


Matthew Cullen 

Kenwood Academy 


Efstathie Saranteas 

George Washington HS 

East Peoria 

Stephen Scott 

Abingdon HS 


Rebecca Arnal 

Elgin Academy 

Elk Grove Village 

Frank Lai 

Elk Grove HS 

Elk Grove Village 

Shelly Pracht 

Elk Grove HS 


Kristine Gerhard 

Freeburg Cmty HS 


George Chadderdon 

Galesburg HS 


Jessica Kahn 

Palatine HS 

Granite City 

Carline Reed 

Grigsby Jr. HS 


Scott Pfister 

Hinsdale Township Central 


Wynne Lee 

Hoopeston East Lynn HS 


Brian Butler 

Big Hollow Middle School 


Catherine Zavadowsky 

Johnsburg HS 


Kurt Ewen 

Mahomet-Seymour HS 


Tara Rudsinski 

Marengo Cmty HS 


Ronald McKenzie 

Carmi Cmty HS 


Lonnie Kowalski 

Johnsburg HS 

(continued on next page) 


IMSA Commendations (continued) 



Home School 


Randi Stouffer 

Mendota HS 


Thomas Harrington, Jr. 

Deer Creek Jr. HS 


Anna Feltes 

Morrison HS 

Mt. Prospect 

Jin Han 

Adlai Stevenson HS 

Mt. Prospect 

Bonnie Min 

John Hersey HS 

Mt. Vernon 

Judie Ashbaugh 

Mt. Vernon Township HS 


Gary Cerefice 

Waubonsie Valley HS 

Oak Brook 

Ronjon Paul 

Hinsdale Township HS 


Amy Downey 

Ohio HS 


Eleanore Kim 

Edison Jr. HS 


Mitchell Gordon 

Washington HS 


Paul Lee 

Washington School 


Sean Hendricks 

Quincy Jr. HS 

Rock Island 

David Reed 

Rock Island HS 


David Colclasure 

Aurora West HS 


Rowan Lockwood 

Rockford East HS 

Sleepy Hollow 

Christopher Bullinger 

Dundee-Crown HS 

Sleepy Hollow 

Nicholas Bullinger 

Dundee-Crown HS 


Elizabeth Doyle 

Glenwood HS 


Andrew Oh 

Springfield HS 


Raymond Dames 

Wilmington HS 

Three Qualify 

for Special 


Three IMSA students have been selected as semiflnalists in the 1989 Na- 
tional Achievement Scholarship Program for Outstemding Negro Students. 
The three, Lynn Fields (Country Club Hills), Deborah O'Fallon (Naperville) 
and Jeffrey Young (Chicago), were selected from more than 80,000 students 
applying for the special scholarship program under the auspices of the Na- 
tional Merit Scholarship competition. 

The list of semiflnalists will be pared down to 1200 finalists eligible to com- 
pete for approximately 700 college achievement scholarships totalling $3 
million to be awarded this spring. The special scholarships are funded by 
185 sponsor organizations and by company and individual donors. 

Finalists compete for three types of awards: 350 one-time $2,000 scholar- 
ships; 200 four-year scholarships sponsored by corporations, foundations 
and professional organizations; and 150 renewable scholarships from col- 
leges and universities. 

Left to right: Deborah O Fallon, Jeffrey Young, Lynn Fields. 


Willard Appointed 
to U.S. Senate 
Youth Program 

n Illinois Mathematics and 
Science Academy student is 
I one of two in Illinois se- 
lected for the 1989 United States 
Senate Youth Program. Senators Alan 
Dixon and Paul Simon announced the 
appointment of IMSA student Terri 
Willard (Lake Zurich) as one of two 
Illinois Delegates to the Senate Youth 
Program in Washington D.C. The 
students were named by Dr. Ted 
Sanders, State Superintendent of 

To qualify for selection students 
must be elected student body offi- 
cers. Two students are appointed 
from each state, the District of Co- 
lumbia and the Department of 
Defense Schools at locations over- 
seas. Terri joined the other students 
for a week of intensive study of the 
federal government in January. This 
was the 27th year for the program. 
All transportation costs and other 
expenses are provided by the Will- 
iam Randolph Hearst Foundation. 
In addition to studying the day- 
to-day operations of the Senate, 
students spent time with their 

Terri Willard (seated left) sits in on panel with Mr Cordell Reed, Senior Vice- 
President with Commonwealth Edison, who answers questions during the Saturday 
Seminar on Waste Management. 

Terri Willard 

respective Senators. Other briefings 
were arranged with the President of 
the United States, leading cabinet 
members. Supreme Court justices 
and various department heads. A 
mock session was conducted by the 
students in the senate. 

Terri, a senior and member of the 
Charter Class, has accumulated 
many honors and achievements in- 
cluding National Merit Semihnalist, 
National Honor Roll and being listed 
in Who's Who Among American High 
School Students. As Class President 
and Treasurer of the Student Coun- 
cil, Terri has applied her leadership 
skills in proposing and establishing a 
Student Union. 

She has served as a liaison bet- 
ween students and staff as a member 
of the Residential Life Board deve- 
loping policy and addressing issues 
of mutual concern. She was also se- 
lected as one of 20 Dorm Assistants. 
In her role as DA, Terri works with 
resident counselors and students on 
activities and in providing peer 

Terri has served as a spokes- 
person for the Academy making 
presentations to various groups in- 

cluding the National Association of 
State School Boards. As President of 
the IMSA Tour Guides, she has 
served as hostess to dignitaries such 
as Governor James Thompson and 
Nobel Laureate Dr. Leon Lederman. 
But, of all her presentations, she 
considers her most important role 
that of making the Academy come to 
life for potential students. 

She is active in organizations out- 
side the IMSA community as a 
volunteer in Teen Service Week '86, 
working with Chicago teens, tutoring 
through her church youth group, 
and working at the Peace Museum in 
Chicago. Terri hopes to apply her 
leadership and social skills in future 
career plans. 

"It is my personal dream to bring 
an enthusiasm for life-long education 
and my keen interest in the big pic- 
ture to a career in international 
relations. The world no longer has 
solid divisions between people or 
ideas. It is now a vast universe of ex- 
periences and personalities that one 
must interact with. I am confident 
that solutions to many of today's 
problems can be solved if people will 
step forward and work to that end." 



IMSA Initiates Mentorship Program 

n keeping with its mission 
of developing apprentice in- 
vestigators. IMSA has insti- 
tuted a Mentorship Program 
through the office of College Coun- 
seling and Ccireer Development (CC/ 
CD). The program is aimed at incor- 
porating realistic professional 
experiences as part of the founda- 
tion for learning. 

The program will develop partner- 
ships between a creatively 
productive adult (mentor) and a stu- 
dent (mentee) with shared interests. 
Mentorship Coordinator Barbara 
(Babs) Cleary has been working with 
Dr. Marcelline Barron, Director of 
Academic Programs, to develop the 
program as a non-credit, non-graded 
extension of the curriculum open to 
juniors and seniors. Under the guid- 
ance of the mentor, the student will 
develop a contract which specifies 
learning goals and a plan of action. 

According to Cleary, mentorship 
will provide opportunities for partici- 
pation in the research process. 
"Students may engage in proposal 
writing, experimental design, library 
research, and just plain brainstorm- 
ing," she says. "Mentorship becomes 
an experienticd apprenticeship that 
seeks not only to develop creative 
problem-solving techniques and re- 
search skills, but also the attitude 
and task commitment for going be- 
yond existing knowledge." 

With the help of the IMSA commu- 
nity, Cleary is developing a resource 
bank of prospective mentors who 
have a sincere interest in nurturing 
creative talent. Students will be 
matched according to interest with 
available mentors. The mentors are 
currently being recruited from two 
arenas: internally from faculty re- 
searchers, and externally from 
corporations, research laboratories 
and educational institutions in the 
Greater Chicago area. 

One of the first matches is that of 
17-year-old Maggie Taylor of Peoria, 
with Dr. Drasko Jovanovich of Fermi 
National Accelerator Laboratory. 
Maggie, a senior at IMSA, will be 
using a Vax terminal to perfect a 
model of Fermilab's muon detector. 
"They are convinced she can debug 
it," says Cleary. 

Maggie Taylor confers with her mentor 
Dr. Drasko Jovanovich. senior physi- 
cist at Fermi lab. 

While the role of the mentor is 
viewed as an eclectic one and high- 
ly individualized, Cleary says there 
are certain characteristics that are 

desirable in the mentor, including: 

• having a special skill, interest 
or activity which engages the 
learner's interest 

• a willingness to commit time to 
guide the learner toward re- 
warding challenges 

• having enthusiasm in the field 
of specialization 

• willingness to serve as a role 
model in teaching students the 
rituals and the language of the 
mentor's field. 

Once a match is made, students 
will be available on Exploration Day 
(every sixth IMSA school day) for ap- 
proximately four to five hours. 
According to Cleary, CC/CD currently 
has approximately 30 applications 
with diverse student research inter- 
ests including biomedical, civil and 
mechanical engineering, particle 
physics, chemistry, parallel process- 
ing, optics, plant genetics, medical 
research, artificial intelligence and 

IMSA Salutes 
Nobel Laureate Lederman 

The IMSA Board of Trustees presented Nobel Laureate Dr. Leon Leder- 
man with a plaque and resolution after receiving notification of his 
selection for the world's most prestigious honor. Dr. Lederman, Vice-Pres- 
ident of the Board of Trustees, was the founder of the Academy and has 
been its most ardent supporter, partly in hopes of training more scientists 
for the future. 

Dr. Lederman received the Academy's accolades at a regular board 
meeting soon after the Royal Acade- 
my of Sciences announced that Dr. 
Lederman had won the Nobel award 
along with Jack Steinberger, now a 
physicist at CERN in Switzerland, 
and Melvin Schwartz, manager of a 
computer company in California. 

The three scientists share the rec- 
ognition for research they conducted 
30 years ago that opened a new era 
in physics. The three collaborated in 
their successful search to find one of 
the universe's "ghost" particles, the 
muon neutrino. Their findings while 
at Columbia University paved the 
way for the study of particle physics 
and the understanding that all mat- 
ter and energy in the universe 
appears to be made up of two funda- 
mental families: quarks and leptons. 

Dr. Leon Lederman 


New Mu Alpha 

Theta Chapter 

Inducts 161 

he first IMSA chapter of the 
Mu Alpha Theta National 
Mathematics Honor Society 
inducted 161 students in November 
The students, inducted in a cere- 
mony held at the Academy, 
represent 32% of the IMSA student 
population, one of the largest in the 
organization's national membership. 

Students must have completed ge- 
ometry and have maintained a "B" 
average to qualify for induction. 
Mathematics team coordinators Ron 
Vavrinek and Sue Eddins are spon- 
sors for the IMSA chapter. 

The inductees heard from Wally 
Dodge, teacher at New Trier High 
School and the 1988 Presidential 
Award Winner in mathematics. His 
topic - "Proof in Mathematics: When 
Are You Convinced?" - demonstrated 
methods to prove a mathematical 
statement. Dodge discussed the finite 
characteristics of computers and 
personal judgment in determining ab- 
solute truth of computations. 

"It has been exciting to see how 
students of Mu Alpha Theta have 

begun already to enrich their mathe- 
matics experience at the Academy 
through the chapter meetings," said 
Eddins. "In addition to the honor of 
belonging, the organization provides 
a vehicle beyond competition that 
enhances the mathematics curricu- 
lum." Eddins and Vavrinek are 
planning meetings that will bring in 
experts from outside the Academy, 
as well as talks by IMSA staff and 
students. Student members are plan- 
ning to write and develop contests 
for younger students. 

Of significance to the new chapter 
is the opportunity to coordinate with 
New Trier and Lincolnway High 
Schools in the planning of the 1990 
Mu Alpha Theta National Convention 
to be held in DeKalb in August. 

Charter officers are: 

• Jong Ho Kim President 

• Lillian Kao Vice-President 

• Frank Lai Secretary 

• Jordan Koss Treasurer 

Charter members and their home- 
towns are listed on the following 

The new Mu Alpha Theta Inductees and their sponsors. 



Hometown Name 

Addison Stanley Kim 

Elizabeth Malecha 
Mark Smith 

Aledo Eric McWhorter 

Krista Rakers 

Algonquin Brent Chamberlain 

Amboy Jennifer Burke 

Lisa Greskiwcz 

Antioch Michael Cain 

Arlington Heights Daniel De Ugarte 

David Yung 

Aurora Karl Koschnitzke 

Lashanya Aikerson 
Kelly Cahill 

Batavia David Joerg 

Sue Wu 

Big Rock Shawn Conway 

Bloomington Stephen Moore 

Raychell Roddey 

Bolingbrooli Melvin Bacani 

Kirk Hammond 

Bourbonnais Ketan Patel 

Eugene Huang 

Bradley Keith Burgard 

Bridgeview Jennifer Rawlings 

Brighton Karen Beilsmith 

Brookfield James Murdoch 

Buffalo Grove Jin Han 

Canton Kenyell Bailey 

Carol Stream David Gabrius 

Carterville Stephen Blessing 

Cary Nancy Young 

Centralia Supranee Nopachai 

Charleston Andrew Chen 

Saunders Hsu 

Chicago Matthew Cullen 

Ray Jan 

Jennifer Krasovec 

Emily Mellott 

Gail Tulchinsky 

Chicago Ridge Gina Martyn 

Clinton Banita Butcher 

Country Club Hills Lynn Fields 

Creal Springs Tanya Kobyluk 

Crescent City John Dexter 

Crete Lori Buetow 

Decatur John Bozarth 

DeKalb Christopher Kim 

Tracy Wiley 

Dixon Debra Farrell 

Downers Grove Julie Namkung 

John Wayming Wu 
East Moline Quochung Do 

Hometown Name 

East Moline Daihung Do 

Patrick Kang 

East Peoria Stephen Scott 

Elburn William Grambley 

Elgin David Fang 

Kenneth Schaik 

Elk Grove Village Frank Lai 

Riciiard Tsai 

Elmhurst Alexander Chen 

Bowen Chung 

Lillian Kao 

Victor Ng 

Flora Eugene Foss 

Flossmoor Nitin Barman 

Deepak Nijhawan 

Forest Park Rajan Lukose 

Freeburg Kristine Gerhard 

Geneva Pamela Lawhorn 

Kevin Narimatsu 

Gillespie Marc Booth 

Glendale Heights Bhavana Devulapally 

Joanna Lin 

Gurnee Vijay Menon 

Hanover Park Christopher Butrym 

Bryan Dunne 
Eric Wang 

Hinsd2ile John Beery 

Gabriel Demombynes 
Scott Pfister 

Hoffmim Estates Alice Cheng 

Phillip Kim 
Jong Ho Kim 
Carrie Mokry 

Ingleside Brian Butler 

Joliet Arthur Huang 

Christopher Johnson 

Carrie Jordan 

Young Lee 

Kewanee Chad Wohlrab 

Lake Zurich Terri Willard 

Lindenhurst Sue Kim 

Lockport Christine Posega 

Manhattein Wendy Hansen 

Brent Revis 

Marion Brad Balster 

Kristen Jakobsen 
Jeffrey Truitt 

Mattoon Chirag Amin 

McHenry Lonnie Kowalski 

Amy Schaefer 
Catherine Zavadowksy 

Milan Chris Dunlap 

Mt. Vernon Judie Ashbaugh 

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Hometown Name 

Mt. Zion Jonathon Hayes 

Murphysboro Katherine Rink 

Naperville Peter Gast 

Andrew Harrison 

Miciiaei Peil 

Anant Setlur 

Scott Swanson 

Normal Kevin Schraith 

Northbrook Jordan Koss 

Northlake Aparna Parthasarathy 

O'Fallon Anna Polen 

Oak Brook Ada Jain 

Oak Lawn Thomas McHugh 

Sona Nadenichek 

Ohio Amy Downey 

Palatine Sendhil Revuiuri 

Joseph Shidle 

Palos Heights Raj Baman 

Pcdos Hills Jason Orloff 

Pekin Eleanore Kim 

Peoria Laura Kozlevcar 

Paul Lee 

Jason Ribando 

Erik Rothbaum 

Maggie Taylor 

Peru Tony Pira 

Petersburg Joseph Turek 

Hometown '_ Name 

Poplar Grove John Ellingson 

Quincy Allison Peter 

Rochester Rachel Berg 

Rock Island David Reed 

Rockford Brian Maier 

Aimee Wonderlick 

S. Barrington Badrinath Rengarajan 

Seneca Daniel Frakes 

S. Chicago Heights Jacob Marszalek 

South Holland Robert Larson 

Sparland Rick Gimbel 

St. Anne Paul Capriotti 

Sterling Peter Alfrejd 

Jodi Anderson 

Texico Andrea Stonecipher 

Tinley Park Steven Wilensky 

Urbana Douglas Turnbull 

Wadsworth Robert Chang 

Waterloo Lori Ellis 

Waukegan Steven Collins 

Dolores Ratajczyk 

West Chicago Amy Courtin 

Westchester Rosenna Hui 

Wheaton Ann Ashenfelder 

Wilmington Raymond Dames 

Yorkville Paul Vondrak 

Mu Alpha Theta sponsors Ron Vavrinek, Sue Eddins with officers Jong Ho Kim, President and Jordan Koss, Treasurer 
(back row): Lillian Kao, Vice-President and Frank Lai, Secretary (front). 



IMSA and NT Chicago-Kent 
Present Seminar on Nuclear Waste 

he scientific, governmental 
and societal issues sur- 
rounding the future of 
nuclear power and the handling of 
nuclear waste were the focus of a 
special interdisciplinary seminar at 
the Illinois Mathematics and Science 
Academy. With the assistance of pro- 
fessors and students at IIT Chicago- 
Kent College of Law, IMSA students 
began in November studying the var- 
ious issues through the several 
disciplines including mathematics 
(risk analysis), social science (social 
and political implications) and the 
sciences. IIT Chicago-Kent, nationally 
recognized for its environmental and 
energy law program, co-sponsored 
the seminar and will award law 
school scholarships to outstanding 
participants. IMSA faculty and sever- 
al mentors prepared students for the 
seminar held in December at the 

"The Saturday seminar provides a 
forum for students to encounter 
pressing issues of our time through 
an interdisciplinary approach," says 
Bill Stepien, social science instruc- 
tor. "I was most impressed with the 
ability of the students to integrate 
what they had learned in their sci- 
ence and math classes with the 
political nature of many of the issues 
they encountered. I believe our visit- 
ing professional panelists were also 
impressed with the level of prepara- 
tion by our students." 

Junior IMSA students conducted 
research leading up to the licensing 
hearing, while seniors prepared for a 
roundtable discussion on the future 
of nuclear issues related to energy 
and waste management. Under the 
direction of Stuart Deutsch, pro- 
fessor and associate dean at IIT 
Chicago-Kent College of Law, the dis- 
cussion covered a variety of topics 
including the recognition of the diffi- 
culty in reaching a consensus on 
complex issues. During the mock leg- 
islative session sophomore students 
debated six bills based on nuclear is- 
sues facing Illinois. 

IMSA Sophomore, Swuti Agruwal confers with dussruates us students lobby and 
discuss issues during the mock legislative session. Lobbying groups and meetings 
between "legislators" were a common sight during the session. 

Mentors and experts for the program, 

in addition to Chicago-Kent and 

IMSA faculty, included legislators, an attorney, an environmental writer, | 

and scientists and researchers special 

izing in waste management. Profes- 

sional participants included: 

Dr, Stuart Deutsch 

Mr. David Kraft 

Associate Dean 


Chicago Kent College of Law 

Nuclear Information Service 

Ms. Kate McCracken 

Dr. John Cooper 

Attorney at law 

Illinois Department of 

Drendel, Schanlaber, Horwitz, 

Nuclear Safety 

Tatnall & McCracken 

Mr. Douglas Jamison 

Dr. John Bayer 

Midwest Operations Manager 

Vice President 

Westinghouse-Hittman Nuclear 

Waste Management, Inc. 

Mr. Cordell Reed 

Mr. Charles Wilk 

Senior Vice President 

National Chemical Recovery 

Nuclear Operations 


Commonwealth Edison 

Environmental Protection Agency 

Dr. Norbert Golchert 

Ms. Diane Chavez 

Environmental Physicist 

Litigation Spokesperson 

Argonne National Laboratory 

Sinicippi Alliance for the 

Dr. Stephen Nord 



Dr. James Berry 

Northern Illinois University 

Biology Department 

Senator Forest D. Etheredge 

Elmhurst College 

21st District 

Mr. Stuart Nieman 

Dr. Carl Paperiello 

Senior Hydrogeologist 

Director Regional Administration 

Dunn Geoscience Corp. 

Nuclear Regulatory Commission 

Mr. Niels Nokkentved 

Dr. Richard Toohey 

Environmental Reporter 

Health Physicist 

The Time-News 

Argonne National Laboratory 



First IMSA 

- A Breeze! 

he Summer 'Ad' Ventures in 
Mathematics, Science and 
i Technology is an acceler- 
ated and enriched course of study 
for students nominated by each of 
the 18 Educational Service Centers 
across the state as exemplary schol- 
ars. Under the direction of the IMSA 
Outreach Office, Summer 'Ad' Ven- 
tures is aimed at serving as an 
educational opportunity for talented 
non-IMSA students to learn through 
the residential experience. The spe- 
cially selected students studied 
current issues in science, discrete 
mathematics, computer applications 
and problem-solving strategies. 
The ninth and tenth grade stu- 
dents represented 43 rural and 
urban communities across the state 
of Illinois. Plans call for the expan- 
sion of the program to include 
juniors and seniors. Of the 35 girls 
and 36 boys enrolled for the pro- 

Mrs. Jane Schleeter (Piano) 
works with her students during 
the Summer 'Ad' Ventures 
program at IMSA. 

gram, 7% were black, 20% were Asian 
and 73% identified themselves as 

Other participant statistics 

• 56% reported grade point aver- 
ages of 4.0 or higher 

• 32% reported grade point aver- 
ages of 3.5 to 3.9 

• 88% had received prior aca- 
demic awards and recognition 

• 57% belonged to some type of 
academic club 

• 77% had entered some type of 
mathematics competition within 
the last year. 

• 59% entered some type of sci- 
ence competition within the last 

While in residence at the Academy 
the students enrolled in mathema- 
tics, science and computer science 
courses. The program was seg- 
mented into four "strands" of study: 

• Investigation of Current Topics 
in Science 

• Problem Solving/Simulations in 
Mathematics and Science 

• Areas of Expertise 

- Theories of Relativity 

- Data Acquisition Using the 

- Laboratory Safety and 
Consumer Chemistry 

- Environmental Concerns 

- Discrete Mathematics 

- Problem Solving In 

• Integrated Projects: Polymers 
and Plastics 

More than 80 students from across 
the state of Illinois participated in 
the first summer pilot program at 
IMSA. For the first time in its two- 
year history, the public residential 
high school welcomed non-IMSA stu- 
dents for the three-week Summer 
'Ad' Ventures program, (or Summer 
'Ad' Ventures). According to Out- 
reach Coordinator Gail Digate, the 
program was a resounding success! 

"Summer 'Ad' Ventures offers stu- 
dents and faculty an opportunity to 
look at the connections between sci- 
ence and technology in the 
classroom and how they apply in 
the world of research and 

Digate's enthusiasm for the pro- 
gram is backed up by comments in 
the program evaluations from parti- 
cipating students and teachers. The 
majority of students (98%) rated the 
program from good to excellent with 
additional comments such as: 

"The material covered in the 
classes was even more than I ex- 
pected and the teachers were really 

"It gave me an opportunity to do 
things we wouldn't ordiucirily do in 
(my home) school." 



According to Digate, students also 
liked the relaxed atmosphere of the 
facility and the emphasis on learning 
rather than grades. "It was important 
for them to be around people closer 
to their intellectual abilities," she 
said. "They also enjoyed studying 
mathematics and science courses 
rather than having to do coursework 
in all subjects." 

In addition to classroom instruc- 
tion, students participated in guest 
lectures and field experiences featur- 
ing several researchers and 
laboratories within the Corridor, in- 
cluding Argonne National Laboratory 
and Fermilab. "The program is de- 
signed to show the application of 
what students are learning in their 
courses to the world of scientific re- 
search and development," 
according to IMSA director Dr. Step- 
hanie Marshall. It also provided an 
opportunity to explore the rich cul- 
tural environment of the area 
through field trips to museums and 
facilities in Chicago. 

Faculty and staff for the program 
included some IMSA faculty and staff 
members, as well as teachers identi- 
fied through the Presidential Awards 
program. Part of the faculty's respon- 
sibility is to field-test some of the 
curriculum developed at IMSA prior 
to dissemination to schools through- 
out the state. The faculty and staff 
participated in a two-day intensive 
session of debriefing and evaluation 
at the end of the three-week pro- 
gram. Coordinators are developing 
ways to extend and further develop 
the program into two sessions for 
the summer of 1989 that would in- 
clude juniors and seniors. In general, 
the faculty and staff concurred that 
the program had been a positive ex- 
perience for everyone involved. 

The Summer 'Ad" Ventures pro- 
gram is funded through Title II funds 
from the Board of Higher Education, 
IMSA, and a $75 registration fee paid 
by each student. There are also in- 
kind contributions through the Corri- 
dor Partnership for Excellence in 
Education and from several corp- 
orations and laboratories in the 

Students, Sagan Share Views 
at Consortium Meeting 

Dr. Carl Sagan captivated his teenage audience of £ispiring scientists 
at the First Annual Student Conference of the Consortium for Spe- 
cialized High Schools of Mathematics, Science and Technology in 
October. Ten IMSA students and more than 100 students from other 
schools across the country attended the conference at Alexandria, Vir- 
ginia. Dr. Sagan engaged students in lively dialogue about the future of 
science education and challenged them to think about such topics as 
"Star Wars," news media coverage of science, and political leadership in 
a technological democracy. 

"At a time of dangerous decline in science training and science liter- 
acy in America, the Consortium is making a valuable effort to reverse 
the trend," Sagan said. "Science is a way of thinking, not a body 

of knowledge." 

The conferees, representing 
14 schools, met for two days 
to share experiences and to 
discuss similarities and differ- 
ences in their programs. 
Presentations included sci- 
ence-related topics such as 
computer science and artifi- 
cial intelligence, a 
presentation on the core sci- 
ences, and one by officials 
from NASA. Students also 
heard comments from Dr. 
Stephanie Marshall, Presi- 
dent of the Consortium and 
IMSA's Director, and Dr. Will- 
iam Graham, Science Advisor 
to the President. 

The students also had time 
to socialize as they attended 
a movie presentation at the 
Air and Space Museum and a football game and dance held at Thomas 
Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. 
Representing the Academy at the conference were: 

Dr. Stephanie Marshall shares information 
about IMSA's students with Dr. Carl Sagan 
at the National Consortium Meeting. 

(if 'S'-l 

Amy Courtin, W. Chicago 
Lillian Kao, Elmhurst 
Steve Moore, Bloomington 
Ronjon Paul, Oakbrook 

Class nf '9" 

Brad Balster, Marion 
Alex Chen, Elmhurst 
Carrie Jordan, Joliet 
Andrea Stonecipher, 

Kenyell Bailey, 

Shawn Scott, 


All agreed that the meeting was the most productive and exciting session. 
IMSA students reported feeling they had more flexibility in course selection 
and a better class schedule than students from the other participating 
schools. They also had the impression that there was less competition and 
better relations among students, faculty and staff. 



'Planting the Seed' of 
Community Service 

he majority of IMSA seniors 
fulfilled their community ser- 
vice requirement last 
summer by performing volunteer 
work in their hometown commu- 
nities receiving glowing reports for 
their efforts. Comments from the su- 
pervisors across the state indicate 
that some students are giving more 
than their required hours of service 
and providing services that are ex- 
tremely valuable to their organi- 
zations according to Dean of Student 
Services Cathy Veal. 

"We hope we are planting the 
seed of volunteerism," says Veal. 
"We decided in the early days of 
the Academy that we believe in the 
concept of community service and 
that our students should share their 
talents with others. We made the de- 
cision to support this by making it a 
requirement for graduation." 

All students must complete 80 
hours of community service as part 
of IMSA's graduation requirements. 

The service may be performed in 
the Aurora community while stu- 
dents are in residence at the Aca- 
demy, or in their home towns during 
holiday breaks or summer. Most of 
the students have opted to complete 
the requirement in their home com- 
munities during the summer. 

Students volunteered for a wide 
variety of agencies that included ser- 
vices for nursing homes, hospitals, 
schools, libraries. Forest Preserves, 
museums, working with social ser- 
vice agencies, assisting the homeless 
and painting homes for the elderly. 
The responsibilities vary according 
to the interests of the student and 
the needs of the agencies. At junior 
high and elementary schools, IMSA 
students tutored younger students 
on the use and applications of com- 
puters. Computer skills were also 
applied at many of the agencies as 
the IMSA volunteers entered data or 
developed computer programs for 
the offices. 

"We recognize that the students 
who come to IMSA have very spe- 
cial talents," states Veal, "and that 
these have been nurtured by the 

communities they come from. This 
is one way of paying back the com- 
munities. We believe they owe that 
and should shju-e their talents." 

Comments from the agency super- 
visors has been overwhelmingly 
positive, with several students re- 
ceiving certificates of appreciation 
from their respective agency. 

"The students and their parents 
have really become engaged in their 
work," says Veal. "Even those who 
became involved only to fulfill the 

"Sometimes we find that our 'your 
ger help' does not fit with our older 
adults. Not so with Derek. He is so 
mature that he fit in with all our vol- 
unteers, young and old." 

"My compliments and gratitude to 
your office and school for giving me 
the opportunity to meet one of our 
future leaders... It is good to know 
there are some young people of this 

"Johann had excellent rapport 
with the 6th, 7th and 8th graders all 
four weeks. He was challenging them 
with ideas and comments, and he 
served as an excellent role model 
and mentor..." 

"David related well with the stu- 
dents - joking and teasing with 

Derek Wolfgram assists Bob Clark at the Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry as part 
of his community service. 

requirement have gained apprecia- 
tion of what they can really do to 
help others." 

The agency work and the respon- 
sibilities are screened and approved 
by the Student Services office. Super- 
visors are sent a form and asked to 
evaluate the student's work. Stu- 
dents are judged on their 
relationship with supervisors, their 
"spirit" of cooperation, initiative, ap- 
pearance, punctuality and quality of 
work. The comments from super- 
visors are generally glowing with 
statements like: 

them ... He worked at presenting a 
new idea in a manner they could un- 
derstand and retain." 

The students are asked to keep a 
journal to record their experiences 
with the people they encounter in 
their work. "It's an opportunity to 
dally in areas they see as potential 
career fields, or to fully understand 
the role of the volunteers in these 
agencies," says Dean Veal. "It also 
teaches them something they don't 
receive from textbooks." 



IMSA's First Year with Three Classes 

he Illinois Mathematics and 
Science Academy is in its 
third year, but operating for 
the first time with three classes. 
A total of 509 students enrolled at 
the opening. 

A total of 160 new sophomore stu- 
dents from across the state of Illinois 
enrolled in September. About 106 
communities across the state of Illi- 
nois are represented with the 
enrollment of the new class. 

In selecting its tliird class of soph- 
omores, the Academy invited 21 
students from the city of Chicago. 
This represents a significant in- 
crease from previous enrollment 
figures (\l% of the accepted appli- 
cants compared to 1% last year). 

"1 believe our efforts to reach the 
Chicago student population through 
our Chicago Area Advisory Council 
has helped to increiise the number 

of applications," says Dr. LuAnn 
Smith, Dean of Admissions. "And 
now with the opening of the Chi- 
cago office we are likely to see a 
higher ratio of applicants in the fu- 

The students were selected from 
among 636 students completing ap- 
plications. A committee of 25 
teachers, professionals and civic 
leaders from across the state re- 
viewed files containing an 
application form from the applicant 
and three letters of recommendation 
from one mathematics teacher, one 
science teacher, and a principal or 
guidance counselor. 

In the selection process the com- 
mittee members rate the applicants 
on achievements beyond the class- 
room within the context of their 
local environment. Once the commit- 
tee rates each file, the IMSA 

admissions staff combines the rating 
with the student's SAT score. 

The average test scores for the 
accepted students were 643 for the 
SAT math and 535 for the SAT 
verbal. The scores are approx- 
imately 150 points higher than the 
national averages for the college- 
bound seniors tftking the same tests. 
(National averages for college- 
bound seniors £u-e 476 in the SAT 
math and 430 in the SAT verbal 

IMSA is one of six public residen- 
tial high schools in the country for 
students gifted in mathematics and 
science. The Academy was the third 
of its kind in the country. In addition 
to the established schools in North 
Carolina and Louisiana, three other 
states opened schools this fall, in- 
cluding Texas, Mississippi and South 

1988-89 Student 

(at time of each 
yearly enrollment) 

Class of 1991 
Admissions Statistics 

Mean G PA 3^ 

Mean SAT Verbal 535 

Mean SAT Math 641 

Class of 1989 

1 72 Students 

MALES (98) 

Class of 1990 

1 77 Students 

Class of 1991 

160 Students 

RACE (KEY: A Asian B Black H Hispanic W White O Other NR Not Reporting ) 

A ^1 

B D 

H I 

W I 

o I 


From Chicago & Suburbs 







From other 
areas of Illinois (93) 44% 

(40) 23% 

(17) 10% 

(4) 2% 

(115) 65% 

(1) <1% 

From Chicago & Suburbs 

(107) 54% 

From other 
areas in Illinois (90)46% 


(33) 21%. 
(14) 9% 
(3) 2°,, 
] (11 0)69% 
(0) - 

From Chicago & Suburbs 

(95) 59%* 

From other 
areas in Illinois (65) 41%, 

•An effort to recruit more students from the city of Chicago resulted in an increase in the number of applicants. 



Teachers Warmly 
Received in Japan 

by Marybeth Sanders, Northern 
Illinois University Intern 

ue Eddins, mathematics 
instructor and team coor- 
dinator, and 19 other 
outstanding mathematics teachers 
visited Japan this fall to exchange 
ideas with teachers in the Japanese 
school system. The trip was spon- 
sored by the National Council of 

During their three-week trip, they 
observed classrooms in one kinder- 
garten, three elementary schools, six 
lower secondary schools, six upper 
secondary schools, two universities 
and two Jukes. (Jukes are private af- 
ter-school tutorials that are 
academic or extracurricular.) 

The 20 teachers also traveled to 
Tsukuba City, Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka 
and outlying areas. 

Japan has one half the population 
of the United States and a land mass 
about the size of Montana. Approx- 
imately 80 percent of the land is 
mountainous, resulting in very 
crowded coastal areas. 

Eddins pointed out that Japanese 
classrooms are larger than American 
classrooms, and the students are 
very well disciplined. 

Students in Japan do not use cal- 
culators as often as American 
students. In cases where American 
students would use their calculators, 
the Japanese students are likely to 
write out the entire mathematical 
computation. "They could use an 
abacus faster than our students 
could use a calculator," she said. 

Approximately 95 percent of the 
Japanese are literate, according to 
Eddins, and 90 to 95 percent are edu- 
cated enough to do geometry. 

Japan has a national curriculum, 
according to Eddins. The govern- 
ment decides what will be taught 
and the curriculum is very test-di- 
rected. To the Japanese, it is 
extremely important to do well on a 
test; as a result, they spend a lot of 
their free time studying. 

Since the Japanese are taught dif- 
ferently and their expectations are 
greater, it may seem that they are 
more intelligent than Americans. 

According to Eddins, "The Japa- 

Japanese elementary school students mug for the tourist camera with their 
American visitor Sue Eddins. 

nese learn the basics, learn them 
well and move on to new material. In 
America, our textbooks repeat a high 
percentage of the material covered 
the previous year 

"In Japan, it is the child's and the 
family's — mostly the mother's — re- 
sponsibility to have the child learn," 
Eddins said. She explained that the 
Japanese students could not under- 
stand why a teacher would retain a 

The Japanese emphasis is on the 
"good of the group," Eddins contin- 
ued. "They like to remain as a close- 
knit group with their peers." They all 
enter the working world at the same 

time. "Between this and the respon- 
sibility to do well, no students are 
held back," she said. ' 

"Because they form life-long asso- 
ciations and stay loyal to their 
company, they would never quit 
their job to work for another compa- 
ny," added Eddins. 

With learning as a high priority for 
the Japanese, there is a tremendous 
respect for teachers. When Eddins 
was asked by a Japanese why the 
Americans were visiting Japan, she 
informed her that they were teach- 
ers. The woman spontaneously 
stepped back and bowed as a sign 
of respect. 

Japanese students have a tremendous respect for teachers, according to Sue 
Eddins, shown here sharing a warm moment with a group during her trip. 



IMSA Student 

Published in 

History Journal 

he Illinois History journal 
published a research paper 
I prepared by an IMSA junior. 
David Franklin (Moline) conducted 
research for his paper on "The 
Woodlawn Maternal and Child 
Health Center: Frontiers in Commu- 
nity Medicine" (Chicago). David 
prepared his work as an entry in the 
Chicago Metro History Fair from 
which he advanced to the national 
competition at the National History 
Day finals in Washington D.C. He 
placed seventh against 69 other en- 
tries in the senior division of the 
historical paper category. 

According to IMSA sponsor Ber- 
nard Hollister, David developed 
original research on the center using 
material in the center's archives and 
interviewing people closely connect- 
ed to the south side medical center. 

"His work was definitely college- 
level caliber," says Hollister. "He 
was also doing work that went be- 
yond the classroom since his paper 
had no tie-in to a class project or 
even a grade. What is significant is 
not only the level and quality of his 
research, but also the fact that he 
Wcis doing it for the intrinsic value 
of the work." 

Approximately one dozen students 
represented Illinois in various cate- 
gories at the prestigious national 
competition. An estimated 250,000 

David Franklin 

projects were entered at the local 
level with only a few hundred com- 
peting in the finals by June in 
Washington, D.C. 

David submitted his work to Illi- 
nois History which published the 
work in the October, 1988 issue. 
The journal found the historiczd val- 
ue of the research significant, since 
it records the growth of one of the 
first centers funded under the Youth 
Care Act of 1966 as an outgrowth of 
President Johnson's Great Society. 

David expects to continue refining 
his work for submission to other 
journals and publications. 

IMSA Forms First High 
School Pugwash Chapter 

IMSA is the first secondary school 
in the nation to sponsor a Student 
Pugwash chapter. The organization, 
with more than 40 chapters at col- 
■ lege campuses across the country, 
I originated out of the first conven- 
tion held at Pugwash, Nova Scotia, 
at the request of Albert Einstein 
and Bertrand Russell. The two sci- 
entists composed the Pugwash 
Manifesto in the wake of the develop- 
ment of the hydrogen bomb and its 
implications for humanity. Pugwash 
U.S.A. is a non-profit educational or- 
ganization dedicated to prepsuing 
young people as future professio- 
nals and concerned citizens, to 
integrate ethiccil considerations re- 
lating to science jmd technology 

into their educational jmd professio- 
nal choices. 

The first student Pugwash Chapter 
was formed at the University of Cali- 
fornia-San Diego in 1979 by Jeff Leifer 
who believed the manifesto was ap- 
plicable to students. After attending 
two Senior Pugwash conferences, 
Leifer established the first Student 
Pugwash International Conference. 
Chapters of the organization soon 
spread to other campuses, including 
MIT, Stanford, and the University of 

Through lecture or film series, 
panel discussions, debates or sympo- 
sia. Student Pugwash brings together 
students, faculty and professionals 
with diverse backgrounds in the pri- 

vate sector and academia in an effort 
to discuss pressing issues created by 

IMSA chapter student founders 
Dan DeUgJirte and Dave Kung be- 
lieve the Academy is ideally suited 
for such an organization. "IMSA has 
hosted lecture series addressing 
similar Pugwash issues," says Kung. 
"The interdisciplinary environment 
at IMSA is well suited for a Pugwash 

Kung and DeUgarte hope that the 
Academy's location within the High- 
Tech Corridor will also support the 
organization's goals. They also hope 
to lead the way for other high school 
chapters around the state and the 




IMSA Facility 
Undergoes Transformation 

IMSA has been undergoing reno- 
vations and construction since the 
first year as the facility is trans- 
formed into a residential high 
school. Built in 1976, the main 
building was originally designed 
as the North Campus for West 
Aurora High School. 

Major renovations and construc- 
tion necessary to convert the 
building to meet residential needs 
include construction of new dorm- 
itories, conversion from electricity 
to gas for heating, and the addi- 
tion of office and classroom space. 
Construction and renovations to 
the campus are funded through 
the Illinois Capital Development 
Board. Plans for the work have 
been designated into 12 phases 
over three years. 

The first three phases of con- 

struction and renovation included 
the construction of five dormito- 
ries, reroofing and maintenance to 
the main building. 

Additional phases include the 
following projects: 

• Construction of additional 
classroom and office space 

• Two sports fields and four 
tennis courts 

• Meeting room 

• 150-seat lecture room 

• Computer laboratory 

• Post Office 

• Maintenance work area 

• A percentage of FY 88 funding 
was set aside by the state Capital 
Development Board for the Art- 
in-Architecture program. The 
program contributed 25 works of 
art for the collection entitled 
"Potential for Greatness." 

Above: One of the major renovations 
to the existing building included the 
opening of a hallway between the 
main academic section and the 
cafeteria and sciences. Pictured 
above is the new utility wall over 
the hallway. 

Right: Completed and painted hallway. 

Dr. Stephiinie Pace Mcirshall, 
IMSA Director, was recently selecte 
as Distinguished Alumni of 1988 by 
Loyola University in Chicago. 

Connie Jo Hatcher, Assistant to 
the Director, had an article acceptec 
for publication in the December is- 
sue of The School Administrator. Her 
article - "Recruit for Core Values" - 
outlines the different facets of per- 
sonnel recruitment in selecting 
suitable candidates to fill positions. 


George Milauskas, IMSA mathema- 
tics instructor, made a presentation 
on "Creative Problem Solving in Alge 
bra and Geometry" to members of 
the School Science and Mathematics 
Association during their Annual 
Meeting in Austin, Texas. George, 
one of the new faculty members at 
IMSA, has taught math for 15 years 
and was a member of the National 
Council of teachers of Mathematics 
Editorial Board for the 1987 Year- 
book on Geometry in which he pub- 
lished an article on problem-solving. 

Charles Hamberg, mathematics in 
structor, gave three presentations at 
the Conference for the Advancement 
of Mathematics Teaching in Houston. 
Texas. The topics included: "Integral 
ing Discrete Mathematics into the 
Secondary Mathematics Curriculum,' 
"Seven Ways to Improve the Teach- 
ing of Algebra," and "The Inexhaust- 
ible Beauty of Pascal's Triangle." He 
also served as a member of the pre- 
planning committtee at a three day 
conference in Washington, D.C. The 
conference was designed to discuss 
and formulate possible programs anc 
activities for the 1989 National Sci- 
ence Foundation sponsored First 
National Congress For Past and Pre- 
sent Presidential Awardees in 
Mathematics and Science. He also of- 
fered a presentation at a regional 
meeting of the National Council of 
Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) en- 
titled " Mathematics and Problem 
Solving for Talented Students. Chuck 




Jrailblazers . . . 

Bworking with question writing 
^mmittees for the Illinois Council of 

achers of Mathematics (ICTM) 
,( lior High Contest and the ICTM 

nior High Contest. He was also the 
ipient of the Abbott Laboratory 

;ma Xi Chapter Award as Mathema- 

s Teacher of The Year 

Sue Eddins gave a presentation at 

ICTM Annual Meeting entitled 
uds to Blooms: Where We've Come 
Three Years at IMSA." 

The mathematics department 
onsored an exploration day for 

dents on the "Theory of Elections 
d Balloting." The talk involved the 

cess of balloting and vote tabula- 
>n and how it affects the outcome 

Ron Vavrinek and David Barr, 

'(^rector of Information Resource 
stems, are setting up a computer 
itwork which will link members of 
e Illinois Council of Teachers of 
athematics. The network was sug- 
sted at a leadership conference of 
e ICTM. Other networks are also 
ling considered. 


tins Kawa, chemistry instructor 
id an article published in the Octo- 
ar issue of Journal of Chemical 
iucation. Chris' article, entitled 
inding the Bond Angle in a Tetra- 
idral Shaped Molecule" resulted 
om a question by a student in 
ass. According to the article, Chris 
id taught his students for years 
lat the bond angle of a tetrahedral 
laped molecule was approximately 
)9.5. This year a student asked for 


proof. Chris inscribed the tetra- 
hedron within a cube so the edges 
formed diagonals on the face of the 
cube. He used black yarn to form the 
tetrahedron and red yarn to show 
the geometry of the molecule. 

Mary VanVerst, chemistry instruc- 
tor, made a presentation to the 
Illinois State Chemistry Teachers As- 
sociation in Normal, Illinois. Mary 
shared with participants the Acade- 
my's approach to the chemistry 
curriculum and the IMSA academic 

Dr. Charles Cannon, chemistry in- 
structor, served as co-chairperson 
for the "College Career Day 1988" 
program at Loyola University. He is 
also working in the coordination of 
the convention for the National Orga- 
nization for the Advancement of 
Black Chemists and Chemical Engi- 
neers to be held in Chicago in the 
spring. Or Cannon will also be con- 
ducting three seminars on 
environmental concerns for gifted 
fifth graders in the Lombard school 

Margaret Park, physics instructor, 
hosted a dinner for women physi- 
cists from Fermilab and female IMSA 
students and staff. She also joined 
colleagues Ed Moyer and 

hris Kawa, chemistry instructor 
ublished an article after receiving a 
hallenging question from one of his 


Mike Sloan in a series on Electricity 
and Magnetism presented to fourth 
grade gifted students at the Syca- 
more Community School District. 

Dr. Linda Kinkel's Ecology classes 
have had several field trips in the 
area studying the environment. Stu- 
dents have visited Mill Creek, Nelson 
Lake and Settler's Hill landfill. 

Three physics students were nomi- 
nated to compete for a place on the 
U.S. International Physics Olympiad 
Team. This team is made up of the 
best high school physics students in 
the nation to compete for gold 

Students Peter Gast, Steve Collins, 
and Sendhil Revuluri were nomi- 
nated by the physics team, and then 
went through a screening test. 

The five-day international competi- 
tion will take place in Poland begin- 
ning July 14, 1989. This is the 20th 
U.S. International Physics Olympiad 
Competition among pre-university 
students all over the world. 

The United States enters the top 
five members of its 20 member team 
in the Olympiad. Out of all the stu- 
dents competing in the United States, 
five get to go to Poland for the 

During the competition, the con- 
testants solve challenging physics 
problems at desks with pencil and 
paper, and also use simple equip- 
ment with ingenuity in a laboratory. 

"The students basically have to de- 
vote six weeks for training prior to 
the competition, starting in mid- 
June," said Dr Workman, Physics Co- 
ordinator "They will be regularly 
quizzed by team physicists who will 
serve as their coaches," Dr 
Workman said. 





Plans are underway for the dedica- 
tion ceremony that will place the 
Efistland marker at a site by the Chi- 
cago River in June. The marker was 
the result of interest by students and 
staff that victims of the Eastland di- 
saster of 1915 be remembered. The 
disaster is considered to be among 
the greatest maritime disasters in 
history as more than 800 men, wo- 
men and children lost their lives 
when the ferryboat Eastland cap- 
sized. The Chicago Maritime Society, 
the City of Chicago and Friends of 
the Chicago River are working with 
IMSA staff in planning the dedication. 

Bernard Hollister, social science 
instructor participated in a National 
Endowment for the Humanities Fel- 
lowship at Harvard University. The 
five-week program covered Russian 
and Soviet history and culture. Ber- 
nie had an opportunity to work with 
Dr. Ned Keenan, currently consid- 
ered one of the most controversial 
figures in Russian historiography 
who is in the process of rewriting 
Russian history based on anthro- 
pological research. 

More than 100 students attended 
initial informational meetings as part 
of the Model U.N. Program. IMSA 
represented China, Japan, Ireland 
and Chile at the U.N. session in Chi- 
cago in November. IMSA students 
will also be participating in the Har- 
vard Model Congress. 


Elia Lopez and Dr. Alfred Samper, 

IMSA language instructors directed 
the French and Spanish Immersion 
Weekend activities sponsored by St. 
Xavier College last September. Span- 
ish instructor Sandra Bodini served 
as one of the teaching faculty for the 
weekend program which involves ac- 
tivities using only the target 
language. Several students partici- 
pated as assistants, including Marc 
Booth, Sona Nadenichek and 
Michael Hancock. 

Ms. Bodini also served as a guest 
teacher for the Illinois Benedictine 
College Immersion Program in Octo- 
ber. Ms. Lopez participated as an 
evaluator for the event. 

The IMSA staff actively partici- 
pated in the 1988 Annual Conference 
of the Illinois Council of Teachers of 
Foreign Languages (ICTFL). Lena 
Lucietto and John Stark, language 
instructors, made presentations to 
the 1988 Annual Conference of the 
ICTFL on motivating activities in for- 
eign language and application of 
skills in everyday situations. Ms. 
Bodini and Ms. Lopez gave a presen- 
tation entitled "Teaching Creatively 
Through Murals." 

Elia Lopez served on the Ful- 
bright Scholarship Interviewing 
Committee for Illinois candidates. 

The interviewees were applying for 
scholarships to Latin American coun- 
tries and to France. Elia has been 
invited to serve on the committee 
again next year. 

Willa Schultz is involved in the de- 
velopment of a pilot foreign language 
program at Congress Park Elemen- 
tary School District #102, Brookfield, 
Illinois. She is also gathering mate- 

rials for the development of a unit 
on Cajun culture and history as pai 
of the IMSA curriculum. 

The Foreign Language department 
and the arts department coordinatec 
the celebration of "Dia de Los Muer 
tos" (Day of the Dead or All Saints 
Day). Students studied artifacts and | 
the Spanish culture for the making oi 
clay, papier mache and dough to ere 
ate decorations. 

The English department sponsoret 
a series of films for a student explo- 
ration day. The series brings some o 
the best of foreign and American 
films and encourages students to 
find tie-ins with material in any of 
their courses. Films viewed during 
the fall included Hitchcock's "Shad- 
ow of a Doubt," "The Manchurian 
Candidate," Bergman's "The Seventh 
Seal," "My Life As A Dog," and the 
Oedipus Trilogy. 

IMSA students and staff were treat- 
ed to a morning of music provided 
by the Clemente H.S. Steel Drum 
Band in December. The band is na- 
tionally renowned for its unique 
musical format. The band was joined 
by several members of the chess 
team who challenged the IMSA team 

Chess coach Krist Enstrom watches some of his players as they compete against 
the Clemente High School Team. IMSA is once again on the road to the state 




a match. A total of 45 Clemente 
tudents shared their Chicago school 
xperience with IMSA students dur- 
ig the brief visit. 

The fire and passion that is syn- 
nymous with Spain was brought to 
VISA through a group from Win- 
etka. "Teresa y Los Preferidos," a 
lamenco deince troupe, entertained 
nd educated IMSA students as they 
erformed the skillful footwork, fin- 
er snapping and flowing arm move- 
nents that are a traditional part of 
he Spanish folk dance. In addition to 
he colorful costumes and the excit- 
ng performance, students learned 
bout the origin of the dance and the 
tyle. The program was sponsored 
)y the foreign language department 
IS their offering for exploration day 
n December. 

IMSA joined seven other schools 
or the "Show and Share" exhibit of 
he Illinois Association of School 
}o£trds Annual Meeting at the Hyatt 
n Chicago. The IMSA booth featured 
vork by students, including holo- 
grams produced in the physics 
Jepartment, masks of the universe 
:reated through the English classes, 
oreign language journals, geometric 
essalations and mathematics prob- 
ems developed by and solved by 


Three students placed in the Illinois 
Music Educators Association Awards 
Festival. Paul Lee, senior from or- 
chestra, placed second in the state, 
Brian Patterson, senior from band, 
placed third in the state and Sue 
Kim, junior from orchestra, placed 
33rd in the state. 

Students start preparing for the 
IMEA Awards Festival in the spring 
prior to the next fall audition. All 
eight districts get together and audi- 
tion for band, chorus, orchestra, jazz 
choir and jazz band. 

After the audition, the students 
move to the district level to perform 
at the district music festival. The fes- 
tival this year was held in Peoria. 

The students who make it past the 
district level go to the All-State con- 
vention. The convention begins with 









Flamenco dance troupe 

an audition against the best students 
from all districts. After the audition, 
the students are ranked in their 

■'This festival gives the students 
exposure on an individual level," 
Mark Running, Music Coordinator, 

Last fall, IMSA's district had about 
700 students audition for chorus. 
The band and chorus students can- 
not audition for All-State until their 
junior year. 

The IMSA Strolling Strings per- 
formed for the Aurora University 
President's Inauguration in October. 
In addition to their performance at 
the formal event held at Fox Valley 
Mall, the students have entertained 
at the IMSA Gala, the Corridor Part- 
nership for Excellence in Education 
Annual Meeting and numerous other 
events in the area. 

Mark Running, IMSA music in- 
structor, served on a national 
committee as part of the Music Edu- 
cators National Conference held in 
Washington. D.C. The committee will 
oversee the development of a text- 
book on the Arts in Aesthetic 
Education at the Secondary Level. 

Eugene Huang, Paul Lee, Wynne 
Lee and Eleanor Kim participated 
with the Ohio Music Educators Asso- 
ciation Feb. 9-10 in Columbus, Ohio. 
The students traveled with Susan 
Starrett, a private violinist. 

The students rehearsed the first 
night with 10 violins, a viola, a cello 
and a pianist for the purpose of dem- 
onstrating a bowing technique. The 
event included a demonstration for 
40 music teachers from Ohio. 

The demonstration was performed 
to show how to improve the tone 
through bowing techniques. 

Strolling Strings 






Dr. David Ban, Director of Information Systems (seated) demonstrates the hyper- 
card system to Mrs. Joanne Hansen, President of Furnas Foundation and Dr. 
Stephanie Marshall. Mrs. Hansen and other members of the Foundation Board 
presented the third installment of the $300,000 grant to the Furnas Information 
Resource Center at IMSA. The funds have provided the Academy with equipment 
and personnel for the center. Furnas has been the largest single contributor to the 
IMSA mission to date. 

A Musical Sampler 

The IMSA Cassette tape featuring 
the Band, Chorus and Orchestra is 
still available for purchase. Selec- j 
tions include: 

Jupiter Symphony, Eine Kleine 
Nachtmusic, Magnum Myste- 
rium. Witness, White Horses, Ain't 
Got Time to Die, Battle Hymn of 
the Republic, Chorale and Shaker 
Dance, American Variations, Rhap- 
sody in Blue. 


The newest addition to the cocur- 
ricular activites on campus is the 
Computer Club, sponsored by math 
instructor Ron Vavrinek. Its members 
are pictured. 

(L to R) Standing: Mr Vavrinek, 
Daihung Do, Rajan LuKose 
Sitting: Steve Blessing, 
Kevin Schraith. J. Browne, 
Tony Stuckey, Jodi Anderson 
Not shown: Sanza Kazadi, 
Bill Grambley, Kurt Revis 

April 14... 
April 28... 

April 29... 

April 30... 
May 5-12, . 


. .Teacher Recognition Day at IMSA 
. .College Fair at IMSA including "The 

Selective College Admissions Game" 

by Dick Mull 
. .College Fair — "Reading and Rating" 

by Ed Custard 
. .Culture Day / Family Day / Concert 
. .AP Exams 


May 6 . . . . 

. .Senior Prom 

May 18 . . . 

May 20 . . . 
May 25-30 . 
June 9 . . . . 

. ."Application Preparation / Interview Skills" 

by Gary Ripple 
. .Open House for newly selected students 
. .Extended Weekend 
. .Last Day of Classes 

June 10 . . . 

. .IMSA's First Graduation 

newsletter from the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy 


Volume 3 • No. 2 

"A Pioneering Educational Community'" 

Summer 1989 

Illinois Mathematics and 
Science Academy 

1500 West Sullivan Road 
Aurora. Illinois 60506-1039 


Dr Stephanie Pace Marshall 

Board of Trustees 

Mr. John Baird 
Teacher of Physics 
Quincy, Illinois 

Mr G. Carl Ball 

President & Chief Executive Officer 

George J. Ball. Incorporated 

Dr Lawrence Freeman 
Dean. College of Education 
Governors State University 

Ms Sheila Griffin 
Director of Corporate 
Advertising Worldwide 
Motorola Incorporated 

Mr Gar>' D. Jewel 
Superintendent of Schools 
Aurora West School District #129 

Dr Leon Lederinan 

Nobel Laureate 

Director Emeritus 

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory 

Mr John McEachern. Jr 


Wayne Circuits Incorporated 

Dr David Mintzer 

Special Assistant to the President 

Northwestern University 

Mr James D. Pearson 


Aurora Industries 

Dr David R. Pierce 
Executive Director 
Illinois Community College Board 

Dr. George Rink 

Research Geneticist 

North Central Forest Equipment Station 

Mr Jesus Manuel Sosa 


Clemente High School. Chicago 

Dr Charles Thomas 


North Chicago School District #64 

Dr Richard D. Wagner 

Executive Director 

State Board of Higher Education 


Catherine C. Veal 

NOVA is published by the 
IMSA Communications Office. 

IMSA Proudly Graduates 
Charter Class of 1989 

Gov. Thompson, Dr. Lederman Emphasize 
Leadership and Responsibility 

Governor Jan\es R. Thompson congratulates seniors Dion Steele of Markham. 
and Joe Payton of Riverwoods, on their graduation from the Illinois Mathematics 
and Science Academy. (Photo credit: Charles Schabes) 

I apping an enormously rich three-year adventure, the Illinois 
Mathematics and Science Academy celebrated the graduation of its 
Charter Class of 1989 on June 10 at the Paramount Arts Centre in 
Aurora. The 167 seniors, representing 113 communities and 142 schools 
throughout Illinois, received commencement medallions from Dr. Stephanie 
Pace Marshall, Director, and diplomas from Mr James D. Pearson, President 
of the Board of Trustees. The formal ceremony was broadcast live on cable 

Governor James R. Thompson and Dr. Leon Lederman, featured com- 
mencement speakers, challenged Charter Class members to use their 
exceptional gifts and talents for the betterment of society, and to take an 
active role in the politiccd processes of democracy. "Government has a 
bearing on every aspect of your life — from the creation of this Academy to 
the exploration of outer space ... to say nothing about how government im- 
pacts your everyday life," Thompson said. "Democracy is not a spectator 
sport. We need you on the playing field." 

(continued on page 3) 


Dear Members of the IMSA Community, 

he summer of 1989 represents an important transition point for 
the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. On June 10, we 
I celebrated the graduation of our Charter Class of 1989, and in a 
few short weeks, we will welcome the Class of 1992 to our community. 
We take pride in the extraordinary accomplishments of both of these 
groups, and with a sense of wonder and excitement, look forward to the 
many positive contributions they will make in the future. At the same 
time, we look forward to the return in August of the Classes of 1990 and 
1991, and to the positive leadership they will continue to demonstrate on 
our campus. 

Graduation Day was indeed a moment of tremendous pride and 
nostalgia. Members of the Charter Class have played such an important 
role in the growth and success of IMSA to date. We will miss them, their 
boundless energy and enthusiasm, and their passionate loyalty and 
commitment to each other and to the Academy. Graduation was all the 
more special because of the presence and participation of Governor 
James R. Thompson and Dr. Leon M. Lederman, "founding visionaries" 
of IMSA. 

This summer, faculty members are busy writing curricula. Once again, a 
number of new courses are planned for the coming school year. As we 
continue to refine existing courses and pilot new ones, we move ever 
closer to our goal of developing a curriculum that can be shared with 
schools throughout Illinois. Other outreach activities to Illinois students, 
teachers and schools continue to expand under the auspices of our newly- 
formed Illinois Mathematics and Science Alliance (IMSAL). 

The transfer of IMSA's budgetary authority to the Board of Higher 
Education was completed July 1. We greatly appreciate the support of the 
State Board of Education during our first three years, and we look forward 
to an equally cooperative and successful relationship with the Board of 
Higher Education in the future. 

As we reach this critical juncture in our short history, the Illinois 
Mathematics and Science Academy stands poised to embark on yet 
another exciting chapter. With your support, we enthusiastically embrace 
the challenges that lie ahead. 



Stephanie Pace Marshall, Ph.D. 


tall members, graduates, family and friends enjoy a special reception on campus 
allowing the commencement ceremony. (Photo credit: Charles Schabes) 

Charter Class Leaves 
Impressive Legacy 

)uring their three years at IMSA, 
members of the first graduating class 
achieved numerous individual and 
team awards and honors. Some 
examples include: 
State championships in Scholastic 
Bowl, JETS (Junior Engineering 
Technical Society), Future Problem 
Solving Bowl, Knowledge Master 
Open, and Chess. 
56 National Merit finalists 
An average American College Test- 
ing (ACT) score of 29.3 (compared 
with Illinois' average of 18.9 and a 
national average of 18.7) 
A White House Presidential Schol- 
ar, a Westinghouse Science Talent 
Search winner, and two appoint- 
ments to the United States Naval 

First place in North Suburban Math 
League and Atlantic-Pacific Mathe- 
matics League 

Second place in 17-team regional 
competition of the Science 

Published authors and professional 
conference presenters 


(continued from page 1) 

Lederman, Vice President of the 
IMSA Board of Trustees, former Di- 
rector of Fermi National Accelerator 
Laboratory and recent winner of the 
Nobel Prize in physics, encouraged 
the graduates to cherish their bond 
with fellow students in China. "When 
your brothers and sisters die for 
democracy in Beijing, you get an ex- 
tra burden — a burden not to take 
democracy for granted, a burden to 
inform yourselves and to vote and to 
not be too cynical about the imper- 
fections of our democracy," he said. 
"You, especially you. their fellow stu- 
dents have this extra responsibility 
to treasure the democracy we have 
and to look up from your books and 
computers and devote some of your 
time and effort to the political arena 
— to preserving and improving the 
freedoms we have." 

Student speakers Dave Kung of 
Carbondale and Terri Willard of Lake 
Zurich, members of the graduating 
class, reminisced about the enriching 
and challenging experiences shared 
by their classmates. They also pre- 
sented Governor Thompson and Dr. 
Lederman with plaques making 
them honor£iry members in the 
Charter Class of 1989. 

After recognizing classmate Chuck 
Aaron of Chicago, seniors Lillian Kao 
of Elmhurst and Mark Armantrout of 
Mattoon read the name of each grad- 
uating senior. Aaron, whose illness 
had kept him out of school since No- 
vember 1987, was in the audience. 

Following the ceremony, the gradu- 
ates and their families and friends, 
joined staff members at the Academy 
for a special reception, featuring the 
unveiling of an IMSA ice sculpture. In 
saluting the Charter Class and their 
parents for their risk-taking, pi- 
oneering spirit, Dr. IVIarshall said, 
"They believed in am unproven 
dream and together helped build 
what is now the Illinois Mathema- 
tics and Science Academy. We are 
very proud of our first graduates, 
how they have grown and what they 
have accomplished. We also acknow- 
ledge and appreciate the leadership 
of the Governor, as well as the sup- 
port of the legislature, business and 
educational communities, and citi- 
zens of Illinois, in helping the IMSA 
dream become a reality." 


MSA gmduate Tern Willunl 

Class of 1992 Joins 
IMSA Community 

This spring, the Illinois Mathematics 
and Science Academy invited 204 
students from throughout the state 
to comprise its fourth incoming 
sophomore class; 184 have accepted 
the invitation. Selected from more 
than 600 applicants, the 204 invitees 
represent 119 communities and 155 
schools throughout Illinois, and 
include 82 girls and 122 boys. The 
average SAT Math and SAT Verbal 
scores for the invited Class of 1992 
are 637 and 539 respectively. 

The invited Class of 1992 includes 
24 students from Chicago as well as 
students from 36 communities 
previously unrepresented in the 
IMSA student body. Some of these 
include Byron, Chillicothe, Donovan, 
DuQuoin, Fairbury, Oilman, Lena, 
Lowpoint, Marine, Mt. Morris, 
Oregon, Paw Paw, Shorewood, 
Shumway, Vernon Hills, Wellington 
and Wood Dale. 

Dr Stephanie Pace Marshall, 
Director, praised the students' home 
school districts and communities. 
"We salute the efforts of those 
parents, teachers, counselors, 
administrators and community 
leaders who have nurtured the 
talents and creativity, and stimulated 
the intellect of these special 
students. Without this extended 
support and commitment, these 
young scholars would not be where 
they are today," she said. 

Illinois Universities 
Attract 85 IMSA Graduates 

his fall, 165 of the 167 
graduates plan to enroll in 
four-year colleges and 
universities throughout the country, 
including 57 at the University of 
lUinois-Urbana, 11 at the University 
of Chicago and 6 at Northwestern 
University. Other IMSA graduates 
will attend Knox College, North 
Central College, Northern Illinois 
University, Bradley University, 
MacMurray College, University of 
Illinois-Chicago, and Rosary College. 

The remaining graduates will 
attend various out-of-state colleges 
and universities. Of the ten students 
throughout the country admitted to 
the Scholars Program in Medicine at 
Washington University in St. Louis, 
two are IMSA graduates. Others were 
admitted to Honors Medical 
Programs at Northwestern 
University, University of Michigan, 
University of Miami, Brown 
University, Rensselaer Polytechnic 
Institute, and Case Western Reserve 
University. Six will attend the 
Massachusetts Institute of 
Technology, and nine will attend Ivy 
League colleges and universities. 

Approximately 100 have indicated 
plans to major in science and/or 
mathematics fields, with 30 leaning 

towards majors in social science/ 
humanities. The remaining are 
undecided at this time. Mr. Richard 
Bryant, College Counseling/Career 
Development team leader, is pleasedj 
with the diversity of the graduates' 
interests and plan. "Their intended 
majors seem consistent with the 
Academy's purpose statements," 
Bryant said. Written by the 
administration, faculty, and resident 
counselors, these are: 

• To develop leaders in science, 
mathematics and engineering who 
will have significant knowledge ant 
understanding of humanities so tha 
they will be guided in their 
activities by a commitment to 
humanitarian precepts, AND 

• To develop leaders in social 
science, humanities and the arts 
who will have sufficient knowledge 
and understanding of the scientific 
and technological dimensions of 
our world's major problems to 
assist in finding realistic solutions. 

Many graduates received 
scholarships. Advanced Placement 
credit, and invitations to enroll in 
selective Honors programs. 

Trustees Dedicate IMSA 
to the People of 


A special part of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy's 
Charter Class graduation ceremony came when Mr. James D. 
Pearson, President of the Board of Trustees, announced the Board's 
decision to dedicate the Academy to the people of Illinois. In making 
the dedication, Pearson said: "Science is an expression of faith in 
mankind's ability to understand the incomprehensible, and it is that 
faith that lead to the creation of the Illinois Mathematics and Science 
Academy. In that spirit — with that faith — the Academy Board of 
Trustees dedicate the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy to 
the people of Illinois in honor of Dr. Leon M. Lederman and Governor 
James R. Thompson, visionary leaders who will help keep the promise 
of the future." 



itachi Funds Unique 
Global Curriculum Proposal 

bhe Hitachi Foundation re- 
cently awarded the Illinois 
Mathematics Jind Science 
ikcademy a grant of Si 14.500 for use 
iver a three-year period to develop 
ind disseminate a comprehensive, 
nterdisciplinary curriculum fo- 
uscd on global understiUiding jmd 
eadership education for the 21st 
entury. IMSA's proposal, entitled 
Problem-Based Inquiry for Leader- 
hip in a Global Age." was submitted 
)y Dr. Stephanie Pace Marshall. Dir- 
ctor. and William J. Stepien. Project 
)esigner and Social Science Team 

Plans call for an interdisciplinary 
acuity team of science, mathema- 
ics and social science teachers to 
levelop and teach two instructional 
nodules during the first year of the 
[rant's life. These modules will be 
aught as part of a new inter- 
lisciplinary course entitled 
'Science, Society and the Future." 
)uring the second and third years of 
he grant. IMSA faculty members will 
levelop additional instructional mod- 
ales focusing on leadership 
development around global issues, 
rhese will be incorporated into vari- 
ous IMSA courses and also 
lisseminated statewide for use by 
3ther schools in Illinois. "It is the 
^oal of the Illinois Mathematics and 
Science Academy to maximize the ef- 
fects of the Hitachi grant by 
empowering the interdisciplinary in- 
structional team to act as an 
nstitutional catalyst for curriculum 

revision," Marshall said. 

The initial problem-based instruc- 
tional modules will focus on global 
issues identified in Rushworth M. 
Kidders An Agenda for the 21st Centu- 
ry as the major challenges likely to 
confront mankind. These include: the 
threat of nuclear annihilation, the 
danger of overpopulation, the degra- 
dation of the global environment, the 
gap between the developing and the 
industrial worlds, the need for funda- 
mental restructuring of educational 
systems, and the breakdown in pub- 
lic and private morality. Students will 
be asked to confront the ethical 
questions and implications inherent 
in creating solutions or making pub- 
lic policy decisions on significant 
global issues. "As we approach the 
21st century, the world appears to 
have changed into a global village." 
Stepien noted. "The leaders of to- 
morrow must be trained to become 
knowledgeable, sophisticated and 
sensitive to other countries and cul- 
tures, and to be able to make 
responsible decisions outside the lo- 
cal environment, within a global 
context. With the generous support 
of the Hitachi Foundation, the Illinois 
Mathematics and Science Academy 
hopes to lead the way in meeting 
this very important challenge." 

The Hitachi Foundation joins the 
Amoco Foundation, the Furnas 
Foundation, 2md Apple Computer as 
the largest corporate contributors to 
the Illinois Mathematics and Science 
Academy to date. 

IMSA Selected 

for US-USSR 


For the next three years, the Illinois 
Mathematics and Science Academy 
will participate in the US-USSR High 
School Academic Partnership Pro- 
gram, an exchange program begun 
several years ago as a result of a 
joint proposal by President Ronald 
Reagan and President Mikhail Gor- 
bachev. Dr. Marcelline Barron, 
Director of Academic Programs, will 
coordinate the Academy's participa- 
tion, which will include sending IMSA 
students to the Soviet Union as well 
as hosting Russian students at IMSA. 

NCA Grants IMSA 

This spring, the Illinois Mathe- 
matics and Science Academy 
received accreditation by the 
North Central Association of 
Colleges and Schools, the coun- 
try's largest regional accrediting 
agency. Accreditation ensures 
that a school is meeting estab- 
lished local, regional and 
national standards of effective- 
ness. Mr. John D. Court, 
Principal, said that the Associa- 
tion's review committee was 
extremely impressed with the 
academic program and the ex- 
ceptional qualifications of the 
teaching faculty and support 
staff. "IMSA looks forward to a 
long partnership with NCA as 
we continue to work toward im- 
proving mathematics and 
science education for the young 
people of Illinois," he added. 



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In researching Chicago's 1915 
Eastland Disaster, IMSA students 
discovered limited records and 
recognition of the tragedy. To 
commemorate this event, they 
proposed the erection of a 
permanent historical marker at 
the Clark Street Bridge in 
Chicago. The marker was 
unveiled at a special dedication 
ceremony on June 4. 
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Leadership Conference Sets 
Stage for Collaboration 

Leadership conference participants 
exchange ideas for improving 
mathematics, science and 
technology education. Pictured are 
Marlene Gregor, Secretary of the 
Illinois Science Teachers 
Association: Tim Halloran. Head 
Consultant of Education Service 
Center #11: Charles Hamberg, fMSA 
mathematics instructor: and Tom 
Madden. Principal of Downers 
Grove South High School. 

he Illinois Mathematics and 
Science Academy's Office of 
Outreach initiated its first 
statewide Leadership Conference in 
May, bringing together education, 
business and research leaders in 
Illinois to establish the framework 
for an action agenda to improve 
mathematics, science and tech- 
nology education for students at all 
levels of ability and achievement, 
kindergarten through high school. 
The long-term goal ex- 
pressed by the 
Conference Steering 
Committee was that ev- 
ery student who 
graduates from a sec- 
ondary school in Illinois 
would be scientifically 

Governor James R. 
Thompson set the tone 
for the 1989 IMSA Lead- 
ership Conference in his 
State of the State Ad- 
dress and Budget 
Message earlier this 
year. "Illinois higher ed- 
ucation has a special 
responsibility to work in 
cooperation with our 
public schools in the 
development of a con- 
tinuum of math and 
science instruction from 
grade school through high school," 
he said. "We can use the Illinois 
Mathematics and Science Academy 
as a flagship institution to reach out 
to all Illinois schools and suggest 
ways our schools can restructure 
their programs." 

Meeting May II and 12 at the Illi- 
nois Mathematics and Science 
Academy, conference participants 
represented the leadership of vari- 
ous organizations and professional 
associations including the Illinois 
State Board of Education, Illinois 
Board of Higher Education, Educa- 
tional Service Centers, Corridor 
Partnership for Excellence in Educa- 
tion, Illinois Science Teachers 
Association, Illinois Council of 

Teachers of Mathematics, Fermi Na- 
tional Accelerator Laboratory, and 

The conference agenda focused on 
several key issues including an analy- 
sis of major national reports on the 
imperatives for mathematics and 
science education, refinement and 
synthesis of these ideas for Illinois 
schools, and the development of an 
action agenda. Specific attention was 
directed toward curriculum, instruc- 
tion, the use of technology, student 
behaviors, societal issues, assess- 
ment and effective teaching. 

Conference facilitator Gail A. Digate 
underscored the importance of the 
collaborative model to advance an 
agenda for change. "As leaders, we 
must expand our repertoire of strate-j 
gies and include approaches that can 
work in large-scale, complex and rap- 
idly changing situations," she said. 
"In facing complex problems, it is 
critical to include diverse perspec- 
tives in order to frame problems and 
craft workable solutions. We can no 
longer afford to leave anybody out; 
our fates are inevitably and inextrica- 
bly linked. That is why we must 
understand and engage in collabora- 
tion and inclusion." 

Participants rated the meeting a 
valuable first step in setting a course 
for action. One commented that it 
was "extremely valuable to meet 
with educators at all levels from div- 1 
erse backgrounds." Another 
remarked, "The stage is set for ac- 
tion; professionals from many levels 
had a chance for input. The key is- 
sues have been identified." A third 
reflected that the Leadership Confer- 
ence was "the best professional 
development experience I have had 
in a long time." 

The Conference Steering Commit- 
tee is working throughout the 
summer and early fall to plan region- 
al working conferences throughout 
Illinois as well as the 1990 Leadership 
Conference to be held next May at 
the Illinois Mathematics and Science 


IMSA Initiates Statewide Alliance 
in Mathematics and Science 

a he Illinois Mathematics and 
Science Academy's Office of 
Outreach hcis a new name, 
new structure and a new director, 
he Illinois Mathematics and Sci- 
nce Alliance (IMSAL) will enable 
le Academy to meet its respon- 
ibility to serve as a laboratory for 
le development, testing and dis- 
emination of innovative techniques 
a mathematics, science and the hu- 
lanities through collaboration with 
■ther organizations and associations 
iterested in mathematics and 
cience education. 

The concept of a statewide alliance 
)as been discussed by the Acade- 
nys Board of Trustees for the past 
wo years. In April and May numer- 
)us discussions were held with other 
jroups also interested in the con- 
ept. The Board announced the 
orination of the Alliance at its June 
iiteting. Emphasizing the word 
all", the focus of the Alliance is to 
;erve Illinois students at all levels 
)f ability cmd achievement, kinder- 
'arten through high school. 

The Illinois Mathematics and 
Science Alliance has a solid founda- 
ion in the original goals of outreach 
vhich include curriculum develop- 
nent and research, teacher training, 
summer institutes, faculty exchange, 
/ocational education linkages, in- 

Gail A. Digate 

service programs, videotapes of lec- 
tures and experiments, and 
assistance to other schools in identi- 
fying student competencies. IMSAL 
will have two major divisions: curric- 
ulum development and professional 

According to the Academy's direc- 
tor. Dr. Stephanie Pace Marshall, 
"the Alliance is another word for 
synergy because it will facilitate the 
involvement of educators, business 
people and researchers in a colla- 
borative action to reconceptualize 
and restructure teaching and learn- 
ing in mathematics and science for 

all students in Illinois." 

Gail A. Digate was appointed the 
director of IMSAL by the Board of 
Trustees at its .lune meeting. She is 
the former executive director of the 
Corridor Partnership for Excellence 
in Education and business manager 
of the West Suburban Regional Aca- 
demic Consortium. In her work with 
the Corridor Partnership, Digate also 
coordinated the Office of Outreach 
for the Academy. 

For more than ten years, Digate 
has held leadership positions in pub- 
lic education. Prior to joining the 
Corridor Partnership in 1985, she 
was central office administrator for 
the Lisle Public Schools in DuPage 
County. She also has served as 
teacher, principal and university 

Recognized by the National School 
Boards Association and the Executive 
Educator magazine as one of the top 
"100" school leaders in North Ameri- 
ca, Digate serves on the steering 
committee of the National Mathe- 
matical Sciences Education Board 
and holds a number of leadership 
positions in state and national pro- 
fessional organizations. She also is 
the current president of the Board of 
Education in Yorkville Community 
Unit School District 115 in Kendall 

Admissions Office 

Refines Recruitment 


he Admissions process was 
I carefully refined this year to 

increase statewide informa- 
tional sessions for students and 
parents, to make testing sites and 
dates more convenient for families 
and to disseminate information to a 
greater number of educational and 
community leaders. The Admissions 
staff conducted 31 informational 
meetings statewide, and mailed more 
than 15,000 applications. Applications 
were mailed to State Senators and 
Representatives, Regional Superin- 
tendents, Educational Service Center 
Directors, District Superintendents, 
High School Principals, High School 
Counselors, Junior High/Middle 
School Principals, Junior High/Middle 

School Counselors, Chicago Elemen- 
tary School Principals, and to other 
individuals as requested. 

For the first time, the Office of 
Admissions coordinated pre-admis- 
sions Scholastic Aptitude Testing 
with the cissistance of Illinois com- 
munity colleges. According to Dr. 
LuAnn Smith, Dean of Admissions, 
this greatly increased convenience 
and access for prospective students 
and parents. "We were delighted 
with the enthusiastic response from 
the community colleges, and greatly 
appreciate their cooperation in help- 
ing deliver this service," she said. 

In addition, to further increase 

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Dr. Stephanie Pace Marshall, Direc- 
tor, was re-elected President of the 
National Consortium for Specialized 
Secondary Schools of Science, Math- 
ematics and Technology at the 
Consortium's annual spring confer- 
ence. Delegates also elected Dr. 
Charles Cannon, chemistry instruc- 
tor, to the Consortium's Board of 


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convenience and access for students 
and parents, post-admissions place- 
ment testing was field at several sites, 
including Aurora (IMSA campus), East 
St. Louis, Marion, Moline, and Urbana. 
Special efforts to attract applicants 
from Chicago continued. Four gener- 
al informatioued meetings were held 
throughout the city at the Chicago 
Urban League, ASPIRA, University 
of Illinois at Chicago, and Lane 
Technical High School. These meet- 
ings were widely publicized through 
direct mailing to students in the city 
and through paid newspaper adver- 
tisements in The Defender, The 
Southtown Economist. The Downtown 
News, Village View Publishers, and 
THE EXTRA. In addition, Carol Jam- 
ieson Brown, Admissions Counselor, 
visited individual schools and met 
with parents and students in IMSA's 
Chicago Office on Green Street. 

This issue of NOVA is dedicated 

in loving memory of 

Grover Charles "Chuck" Aaron 

of Chicago 

April 19, 1971-June 27, 1989 

Member of 

the Charter Class of 1989 


IMSA staff members presented four 
sessions at the National Consortium 
conference, including: "Apprentice 
Investigation: A Focused Mission 
Through Strategic Planning" by Dr. 
Marcelline Barron (Director of Aca- 
demic Programs), Dr. David Barr 
(Director of Information Systems), 
and Dr. Shelagh Gallagher (Program 
Specialist/Researcher); "Make Way 
for a Future Scientist: Identifying and 
Supporting the Gifted Student with 
Special Needs" by Dr. Gallagher, 
Cathy Veal (Dean of Student Ser- 
vices), and Ogden Spruill (Head Aca- 


demic Advisor); "Humanities and 
the Education of the Scientist" by 
Patrick McWilliams (English instruc 
tor/team leader); and "Student as 
Teacher: Student Leadership 
Through Peer Teaching" by Michael' 
Casey (English instructor). 

The June issue of Swiss-American 
Historical Society Review, guest-edite 
by Dr. Christian Nokkentved, social 
science instructor, includes his lead' 
article "Waging Peace: William Bross 
Lloyd's Uses of the Swiss 

Summer "AD"Ventures Attracts 

118 Illinois Students i 

IMSA welcomed 118 gifted and talented ninth and tenth graders from | 

throughout Illinois to the Academy's 1989 Summer "AD"Ventures program, 
held on campus June 25 - July 14. 

Summer "AD"Ventures began in 1988 as a part of the Academy's outreach ' 
mission. Its purpose is to provide a three-week residential program which 
offers accelerated and enriched experiences in mathematics, science and 
technology to students who have been identified as gifted and talented 
through the Statewide Talent Search program. In addition. Summer 
"AD"Ventures provides an important vehicle to field test curriculum de- 
signs and materials developed at the Academy by IMSA faculty and other 
distinguished educators. 

The faculty and resident counselors for the Summer "AD"Ventures pro- 
gram included experienced Academy personnel as well as outstanding 
teachers and counselors from other schools in Illinois. This summer's guest 
faculty members were Louise Bock, mathematics instructor from Vernon 
Hills District #73; Patti Kenton, chemistry /physical science teacher from 
Naperville Central High School; Branson Lawrence, Jr., chemistry/physics 
instructor from Sandwich High School; Marge Mostyn, mathematics teach- 
er at Providence Catholic High School in New Lennox; Larry Schnorr, 
science/mathematics teacher at Pecatonica High School; and Sharon 
Smith, mathematics/computer instructor at Lisle Senior High School. 

Summer "AD"Ventures classes integrate mathematics, science and com- 
puter technology through investigation of key issues and problems. 
Learning experiences are organized by academic "strands." Five academic 
"strands" were explored by the students: environmental concerns; problem 
solving strategies and simulations in mathematics and science; applications 
of mathematics; science and computer technology to daily living; integrated 
projects; and experimental designs. Classroom instruction was enhanced 
through field experiences including trips to the Museum of Science and In- 
dustry, the Morton Arboretum and the Brookfield Zoo. 

Summarizing their experiences at Summer "AD"Ventures, several students 
wrote in the final evaluation that "It is an experience that helps, challenges 
and is fun for all" and "It was fun to meet interesting people and know what 
it's like going away from home to school." Marsha K. Bollendorf, coordina- 
tor of the Summer "AD"Ventures program added, "An exciting part of the 
program was working with teachers from the Academy and other schools 
to develop integrated and innovative math and science experiences that 
have direct and practical applications to everyday life. The most exciting 
part was seeing the students implement and enjoy those experiences." 




Dr. Ed Goebel, biology instructor 
nd science team leader, presented a 
" eminar on "Microbiology Programs 
1 a Residential High School" at the 
iinual meeting of the American Soci- 
:ty for Microbiology, held in New 
)rleans in May. 

Working uith PC Works, Michael 
loan's fifth book, was published in 
ipril by Scott, Foresman and Com- 
>any. Sloan, physics and computer 
;cience instructor, dedicated his 
)ook to the students, faculty and 
,taff at IMSA. 

In her new capacity as Chairman 
)f the Illinois Council of Teachers of 
*lathematics Contest Committee, 
rarol Kajor, IMSA mathematics in- 
structor, will have primary 
esponsibility for overseeing ICTM 
;ontests for the next three years. 

Carol Jamieson Brown, Admis- 
sions Counselor, presented "Looking 
khead...," a program on decision- 
making strategies, to students and 
:ounseIors at a recent University of 

hicago Setting Sights meeting. She 
ilso met with students and parents 
it the Chicago Urban League to dis- 
:uss future educational planning. 

Joe Oettel of Staunton, member of 
he Class of 1990. initiated and orga- 
nized a tutor program matching 
IMSA student volunteers with young- 
sters at Smith Elementary School in 
Aurora. (See related photo below.) 

Two articles by Dr. Shelagh 
Gallagher, "Predictors of SAT Mathe- 


John D. Court, Principal, and Dr. 
Stepfianie Pace Marshall, Director sign 
a proclamation indicating IMSA's 
support of Youth Art Month, an 
annual national celebration of student 
accomplishments in art. Joining them 
is Anna Marie Coveny, art instructor, 
who also serves as 1st Vice-President 
of the Illinois Art Education 

matics Scores of Gifted Male and 
Gifted Female Adolescents" and "The 
Effects of Time and Direction 
Changes on the SAT Performance of 
Academically Talented Adolescents" 
(co-authored with Julia I. Dreyden), 
were published in Psychology of Wo- 
men Quarterly and Journal for the 
Education of the Gifted respectively. 

IMSA graduate Thandeka Chap- 
man of Aurora recently returned 
from a three-week student ambas- 


sador visit to the Soviet Union. Chap- 
man was selected for the People to 
People Friendship '89 caravan, along 
with 13 other students from Aurora- 
area high schools. 


A team of four IMSA students, 
coached by physics instructor Dr. 
David Workman, received notifica- 
tion in June of national honors in the 
prestigious Superquest competition, 
which introduces high school stu- 
dents to supercomputing. More than 
75 proposals were submitted from 
schools throughout the country; 
IMSA's team is one of four national 
winners. The students and their pro- 
jects are: 

• Maggie Taylor of Peoria, "The 
construction of brillouin zones, 
Fermi surfaces, and possible 
electron orbits as governed by 
temperature and medium" 

• Mbuyi Kazadi of Naperville, "At- 
traction between bodies in free 

• Sanza Kazadi of Naperville, 
"Clocking black holes" 

• Johann Peterson of Plainfield, 
"The use of simple computation- 
al model to elucidate certain 
aspects of fluid flow in pipes" 

As a result of their performance, 
the Illinois Mathematics and Science 
Academy will receive five IBM com- 
puters networked to the 
Supercomputer at Cornell University 
for use by students conducting re- 
search during the 1989-90 school 

IMSA Senior Anna Feltes. and Joseph 
Lear, third-grader at Smith Elementary 
School in Aurora, discuss his .school 
project on dolphins. Feltes is one of 
several IMSA students involved in a 
volunteer tutor program initiated by 
Joe Oettel, member of the Class of 
1990. (Photo credit: Steve Buyansky, 
Aurora Beacon-News) 



The first IMSA Presentation Day, 
held in April, showcased student 
and faculty research demonstrating 
the concept of apprentice investiga- 
tion. Some examples of 
presentations included: IMSA Stu- 
dents Jeff Young of Chicago, 
"Beyond TCAS: Computer Assisted 
Air Traffic Control"; Gina Martyn of 
Chicago Ridge, "The Design and Test- 
ing of Aerofoils in a Wind Tunnel"; 
Mehmet Giiler of Anna, "Ionic Inter- 
actions in the Mechanism of the 
(Na* + K*) ATPase Pump"; Rowan 
Lockwood of Rockford, 
"Pterosaurian Terrestrial Locomo- 
tion"; and Mike Hancock of Rochelle, 
"Baseball's Reserved Seat in the 
American Psyche". 

In addition, Alexander Lurie, a 
Westinghouse finalist from Evanston 
Township High School, presented his 
research "An Analysis of the Contact 
Bounce". Three IMSA faculty mem- 
bers also gave presentations, 
including Patrick LaMaster, "Recent 
Reports on Cold Fusion"; Dr. Chris- 
tian Nokkentved "Migration in the 
Nineteenth Century Rural Denmark: 
The Case of the Magleby Parish"; 
and Kenneth Guest "Liberal Dove 
Ideological Opposition to the Viet- 
nam War: Were They Opposing the 
War for the Wrong Reason? A Revi- 
sionist Perspective". 

Dr. Marcelline Barron, Director of 
Academic Programs, continues to 
give presentations to various audi- 
ences on the topic "On Becoming an 
Apprentice Investigator". Her focus 
is the dynamics of an IMSA investiga- 
tor, using illustrative examples of 
experimentation, mentorship and in- 
terdisciplinary activities. She makes 
connections between work being 
done at the Academy and the inven- 
tion model as exemplified by 
Leonardo DaVinci. 

Terry Slaney, Head Resident Coun- 
selor, wrote and choreographed an 
original dance entitled "The Bright 
Time" based on her research of 
James Gleick's astronomy article 
"Bright Time". The dance was per- 
formed by IMSA students in May. 



Two 1989 graduates, Denise Chat- 
field of West Dundee and Jeff Truitt 
of Marion, received appointments to 
the United States Naval Academy. 

1989 Naval Academy Appointees: 
Denise Chatfield, Jeff Truitt 

Students Portia Blume of Utica, 
Jong Ho Kim of Hoffman Estates, 
Anil Gurnaney of Bloomingdale, An- 
ant Setlur of Naperviile and David 
Lockhart of Quincy captured the 
Scholastic Bowl state championship 
in May. Approximately 400 Illinois 
high schools participate in this IHSA 
academic activity, which features 
contest questions in language arts, 
literature, social science, fine arts 
and vocational education, in addition 
to science and mathematics. 

Another team of IMSA students 
qualified for international competi- 
tion of the Future Problem Solving 
Bowl by winning the Illinois state 
championship. Team members in- 
cluded Steve Blessing of Carbondale, 
Lori Buetow of Crete, Liz Doyle of 
Springfield, Cheryl Heinz of West- 
chester, and Kathy Rink of 

Team results in the Atlantic-Pacif- 
ic Mathematics League competition 
place IMSA first in Illinois and third 
in the nation. 


Individual highlights for IMSA in 
the Illinois Council of Teachers of 
Mathematics state competition in- 
cluded the top freshman, sophomore 
and junior in the state in Nick Tallyr 
of Flossmoor, Daihung Do of East 
Moline, and Jong Ho Kim of Hoffmar 
Estates respectively. 

Melissa Clever of Coal Valley and 
Debbie Finfrock of Altamont re- 
ceived music scholarships for 
participation in the Illinois Summer 
Youth Music Program at the Univer- 
sity of Illinois. Clever won her 
scholarship for trumpet, and Finfrocl 
for French horn. 

Twenty seven IMSA students 
earned awards in the 1989 National j 
Latin Exam, led by Gold Medal/Sum- 
ma Cum Laude winners Steve Moore 
of Bloomington and Daihung Do of 
East Moline. 

The first IMSA track and field team 
featured junior Matt McLean of Joliet 
who qualified for the state finals in 
both the 100-meter dash and 300-me- 
ter intermediate hurdles. 

Mathematics team leader Susan 
Eddins is one of three mathematics 
teachers in Illinois to be nominated 
for the 1989 Presidential Award for 
Excellence in Science and Mathema- 
tics Teaching, sponsored by the 
National Science Foundation. 

Dr. Neill Clark, English instructor, 
attended a seminar "Readers and 
Writers — The Writer and his Pub- 
lic", this summer at the National 
Humanities Center in Research Trian- 
gle Park, North Carolina. Clark joined 
20 other teachers from throughout 
the country selected for this special 

Mark Running, music instructor/ 
fine and performing arts team leader, 
was recently elected to the position 
of Orchestra Chairman for the Fox 
Valley Music Educators Association. 



Congratulations, Charter Class of 1989! 

Mark Thomas Armantrout 


Rebecca Leigh Arnal 


Judith Lorraine Ashbaugh 

Mount Vernon 

Ann Meirie Ashenfelder 


Stephen Bruce Blessing 


Portia Elizabeth Blume 


Laura Anne Bodley 


Marc Alan Booth 


Francisco A. Borras 


Lori S. Buetow 


Christopher Dean Bullinger 

Sleepy Hollow 

Nicholas Dean Bullinger 

Sleepy Holkiw 

Brian Scott Butler 


Kelly Ann Cahill 


Timothy Michael Callcighcm 


Paul Jasper Capriotti 

St. Anne 





Christina Mtirie Caruso 

East Peoria 

Gauy S. Cerefice 


Suja Mariam Chacko 


George L. Chadderdon 111 


Robert Maoshen Chang 


Thandeka Kwamisa Chapman 


Denise Leigh Chatfield 

West Dundee 

Andrew An Di Chen 


Samuel S. Choi 


Bovven Chung 


Steven Edward Collins 


Amy Denise Courtin 

West Chicago 

Mathew Thomfis Cullen 

Toronto. Ontario 

Raymond Matthew D2unes 


Katina Marie Dsuiiell 


Christopher Bryant Dargis 


Catherine Sophia Beverly 


Gabriel Maurice Demombynes 


John Michael Dexter 

Crescent City 

Amy J. Downey 


Elizabeth Ann Doyle 


Arek David Dreyer 


Phillip Lloyd Dunhcun 


RichcU'd Clay Dunham 


Christopher Mark Dunlap 


Marcie Lynnett Edwards 


John Willifun Ellingson 

Poplar Grove 

Kurt Dale Ewen 


Anna Mcirie Feltes 


John H. Ferrell 


Lynn Fields, Jr. 

Country Club Hills 

Daniel Edmond Frakes 


David Noel John Franklin 


Maria Garcia 

Harwood Heights 

Peter Michael Cast 


Kristine Anne Gerhard 


Rick Anthony Gimbel 


Mitchell Gordon 


Jodi Lee Gottman 


William Frederick Grambley 


Lisa A. Green 


Todd Michael Groner 


Susan Lynne Gruber 


Mehmet Levent Giiler 


Geeta Mohan Gumaney 


.lin Han 

Mount Prospect 

Michael William Hancock 


Wendy Lee Hftnsen 


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CHARTER CLASS (continued from page 11 J 

Thomas J. Harrington, Jr. 


John Hyun Kwon 


P. Ronjon Paul 

Oak Brook 

Mark Allan Smith 


Andrew Kevin Harrison 


Frank Chih-Cheih Lai 

Elk Grove Village 

Joseph H. Payton 


Dion Steele 


Matthew J. Hausken 


Pamela Ann Lawhorn 


Michael Scott Pereckas 

Western Springs 

Randi K. Stoutfer 


Cheryl Ann Heinz 


Paul Jae Hyung Lee 


Scott Richard Pfister 


Anthony J. Stuckey 


Sean David Hendricks 


Wynne Shiu Lee 


Christine Ann Posega 


Sharon Ann Sundy 


Shirley Ann-Fun Ho 


Young Koun Lee 


Shelly Cay Pracht 

Elk Grove Village 

Maggie Elizabeth Taylor 


John B. Hoesley 


Theodore Frank Lizjik 


Laura Jejuine Radkiewicz 


Erika Shcmnon Tracy 


Monique Bene Howery 


Rowcm Lockwood 


Krista Janele Rakers 


Jeffrey James Truitt 


Jill Kathryn Howk 


Matthew Dennis Maddox 

Rock Kails 

Carlin Michael Reed 

Granite City 

Gail Tulchinsky 


Saunders Charles Hsu 


Brian Edward Maier 


David Michael Reed 

Rock Island 

Douglas Alan Turnbull 


Eugene Y. Huang 


Gregory Michael Manning 


Marie Christine Reinke 


Dawn Mjuie Vandekreke 


Andrew Lee Huizenga 


Eric Charles Martell 


Badrinath Rengarajan 


Kimberlee Celena Ward 


Mae Fung Hung 


Ronedd Kenneth McKenzie, Jr. 


Katherine Ann Rink 


Tracy Lynn Wiley 


David S. Joerg 


John Anthony Mench 


Di2Uia Victoria Rios 


Terri Lynne Willard 

East Rochester 

Jessica J. Kahn 


Bonnie Hee Jung Min 

Mount Prospect 

Erin Roche 


Ccirol Lynn Willhelm 

Hanover Park 

Lillian Shiow-Yu Kao 


Jill Laurin Mitchell 


Michael John Rodriguez 

South Holland 

Derek Edwin Wolfgr£un 


Karen Therese Kiener 


Carrie Mokry 

Hoffman Estates 

Steven Anthony Roman 


Sarah Lynn Woolsey 


Eleanore So Young Kim 


Stephen James Moore 


Alvia Romious 

East St. Louis 

John Wayming Wu 

Downers Grove 

Stanley Kim 


Kevin Leo Munoz 


Erik Alan Rothbaum 


Korin Lee Kawaipi'llani Yang 


James J. Kingery 


Sona Lee Nadenichek 

Palos Park 

TcU'a Melissa Rudsinski 


Jody Ann Yates 


Karl August Koschnitzke IV 


Kevin Kei Narimatsu 


Efstathia McU'ia SaranteEts 


Andrew Clay Young 


Jordan Miles Koss 


Jennifer Jeanne Nesbitt 


Kevin Michael Schraith 


Jeffrey Young 


Lonnie Jean Kowalski 


Deborah Lynne O'Fallon 


Jennifer Kathryn Schwartz 

Lake Villa 

Nancy Lynn Young 


Laura Lee Kozlevcar 


Andrew Minchul Oh 


Stephen Mark Scott 

East Peoria 

David Tsun Tat Yung 

Arlington Heights 

Robert August Kuhl 


ApcU-na S. Parthasarathy 


Mark Darin Shepard 


Catherine Jo Zavadowsky 


David Lyn Kung 


Brian Alan Patterson 


Christopher S. Smith